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

The stultifying repetitions of the typical primer had been replaced with joyously musical ones. I-huei Go, The New Yorker, "How Dr. Seuss Changed Education in America," 5 June 2019 Duplantier sees the repetition already helping him. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Rookie Jon Duplantier settling in nicely as Diamondbacks starter," 5 June 2019 The repetition of kicking targets and running long distances calms my mind and gives me much needed stress relief. Jen Malia, SELF, "My Taekwondo Black Belt Changed My Life as an Autistic Woman," 18 Apr. 2019 But the truer story of my drinking is really a story about tedium, about claustrophobia and repetition. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Leslie Jamison: Does Recovery Kill Great Writing?," 14 Mar. 2018 Bench press: 49 repetitions of 225 pounds by Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea in 2011. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "NFL Combine: What's happening on Monday?," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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