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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Recent Examples on the Web

While phonemes help convey meaning, speech-recognition software does not account for unintended repetitions of them, according to Rudzicz. Kevin Wheeler, Curbed, "Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter," 12 Dec. 2018 Tuesday risks a repetition of a previous attempt to work with the yellow vests. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France’s Antigovernment Protesters Balk at Negotiations," 3 Dec. 2018 Beyond the repetition of certain buzzwords and phrases, the general framework of both reviews appears to be the same. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "IGN pulls game review after YouTuber’s plagiarism accusations," 7 Aug. 2018 The dissent seems to think that the repetition of these charges somehow makes them true. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Continues to Chip Away at Protections for Minority Voters," 25 June 2018 There is something ingenious about the way Wardle uses repetition in a movie about identicality, reframing the same footage through different prisms of meaning. Justin Chang,, "'Three Identical Strangers' is a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 The second team: Quarterback Nate Sudfeld once again took the repetitions with the second unit offense during team drills. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: The cornerback competition; What's up with Isaac Seumalo?; Mike Wallace shines," 7 June 2018 Sometimes breaking old practice habits of these players, especially rookies, takes more repetitions. Childs Walker,, "Ravens to forfeit two days of OTAs this week for violation of league rules," 7 June 2018 But Newton is healthier now than he's been in awhile, and went through his entire workout, including throwing repetitions with receivers. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Cam, Peppers, Kuechly and more: 10 observations from the first full day of Panthers OTAs | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 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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