rep·​e·​ti·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən \

Definition of repetition

1a : the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated
b : a motion or exercise (such as a push-up) that is repeated and usually counted

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Other Words from repetition

repetitional \ ˌre-​pə-​ˈtish-​nəl , -​ˈti-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of repetition in a Sentence

Sometimes repetition is necessary to drive a point home. Children's songs involve lots of repetition. I quit my job at the factory because I hated the mindless repetition.
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The physical weight of the iron on my upper back anchors me mentally, directing my entire attention to moving through each repetition. Melissa Pandika, SELF, "Lifting Heavy Weights Is My Favorite Way to Help Manage My Anxiety," 16 Nov. 2018 It is reinforced in click-seeking MSM headlines and fact-checks through keyword repetition. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How platforms are driving users to misinformation about mail bombs," 27 Oct. 2018 The ideal way to achieve this is through 10-20 minutes of daily activity, like exercise or meditation; anything that breaks the chain of everyday thinking through repetition of movement or a series of breathing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The iPhone’s New "Screen Time" Regulating Tool is Here to Save You from Yourself," 13 Oct. 2018 Running and writing a book both contain repetition, some surprises, and a good amount of exhaustion. Constance Grady, Vox, "Trump has not yet awarded the 2016 National Medal of Arts," 21 July 2018 That, according to Lippi Green, is because children learn through repetition. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents?," 4 Jan. 2018 This travel ban is a repetition of dark moments in our country’s history. Maliha Kareem,, "Travel ban's enduring hostility toward Muslims," 11 July 2018 For Tolliver, the hardest part of the change was repetition. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Anthony Tolliver improved shot; will he stay with Detroit Pistons?," 28 June 2018 There was more repetition than inside an autoworkers plant. Ben Bolch,, "Chip Kelly's first spring football practice at UCLA is 'high energy, fast tempo'," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of repetition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for repetition

Middle English repeticion, from Middle French, from Latin repetition-, repetitio, from repetere to repeat

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English Language Learners Definition of repetition

: the act of saying or doing something again : the act of repeating something

: something that is done or said again


rep·​e·​ti·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən \

Kids Definition of repetition

1 : the act or an instance of stating or doing again
2 : something stated or done again

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