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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Rivera said coaches will start paring down the left guard repetitions for some of the above players within the first week at Wofford. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Minicamp is over, but 4 big Panthers position battles must be settled in Spartanburg," 15 June 2018 Nick Foles may have taken every repetition with the first-team offense and may take most through training camp, but Wentz is still the starting quarterback and his presence in front of cameras further cemented that fact. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz is back (sort of); the first depth chart; Jay Ajayi shines," 22 May 2018 Bekali and other former internees say the worst parts of the indoctrination program were forced repetition and self-criticism. Washington Post, "China’s mass indoctrination camps evoke Cultural Revolution," 17 May 2018 Then the real questions begin, with enough repetition and variety to try to catch you in a falsehood. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The shaky science of lie detectors," 21 Mar. 2018 Pi is irrational and transcendental and will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. Cristela Guerra,, "There’s still time to enjoy a slice of Pi Day," 14 Mar. 2018 Counting the repetition of words in official documents is a practice pioneered by 20th century Kremlinologists, who during the Cold War were tasked with divining political trends in Communist regimes from afar. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Xi Jinping’s the Man in Beijing’s Policy Report," 5 Mar. 2018 Club tracks work in five- and six-minute chunks that revel in repetition, heightened tension, profound moments of silence and dramatic, exuberant release. Randall Roberts,, "L.A. production team DJDS tackles storytelling on 'Big Wave More Fire'," 18 May 2018 Continue to alternate step-up feet for 20 repetitions (10 per foot). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stepping up your training can boost your heart, lower-body muscles," 11 July 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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