repetition

noun
rep·​e·​ti·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce repetition (audio) \

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 How to pronounce repetitional (audio) , -​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

But a few of those fizzles stung, and the repetition felt like a rollercoaster - fun at first, but nauseating before long. Hannah Orenstein, chicagotribune.com, "How working as a matchmaker ruined my love life," 30 June 2018 But on the second repetition, Bidmead meant it for emphasis. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "Canton High School Hosts Emotional Graduation Focused On Change, Individuality," 22 June 2018 Philip’s music uses repetition, but there’s a lot of drama to be found in the deviation. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Nico Muhly on the ‘Ecstatic Disruption’ of Philip Glass’s Music," 6 Feb. 2018 Slimane’s bid—by repetition—was to train the eye on specifics. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 But Vanellope is tired of the repetition in her game Sugar Rush, which only has three racing tracks to choose from. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 Why: By taking away momentum, this kind of repetition is designed to develop strength without relying on your body’s elastic stretch reflex. Adrienne Jordan, GQ, "4 Smart Ways to Make Your Workout Routine Challenging Again," 22 May 2018 Running injuries don't usually come from doing it wrong, but from the stress of repetition, says Dan Lieberman of Harvard's Skeletal Biology Lab. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Start Trail Running," 9 Sep. 2016 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

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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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The first known use of repetition was in the 15th century

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repetition

noun

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

repetition

noun
rep·​e·​ti·​tion | \ ˌre-pə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce repetition (audio) \

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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