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 There are some things that the line can do to strengthen its relationship outside of repetition on the field. Giana Han, al, "Auburn offensive line needs chemistry to get ‘rolling’," 7 Oct. 2020 Even Fall Guys, which also suffers from repetition of a small selection of levels, finds continued novelty through the sheer chaos of dozens of players jostling each other in the same space. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario’s early levels wear out their welcome in Super Mario Bros. 35," 1 Oct. 2020 And often the effects of a debate are enhanced through repetition via news clips and morning-after commentary. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Desperation of Donald Trump," 29 Sep. 2020 Based on our unique biology and the severity and repetition of trauma, many of us will feel an impact; this is just how the human body and brain react to trauma and stress. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "The aching blue: Trauma, stress and invisible wounds of those in law enforcement," 29 Sep. 2020 The song conveys a powerful message from a position of being tired, weary and frustrated with the continuous repetition of injustice to African Americans. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "20 Questions With Jac Ross: ‘Now More Than Ever, People Need Hope and Change’," 29 Sep. 2020 In anticipation of this week’s grand jury announcement, the repetition of such injustices brought a sense of grim inevitability. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Breonna Taylor case reverberate with Detroiters: 'It's open season on Black people'," 27 Sep. 2020 That degree of difficulty and repetition, however, may be rare in daily life, which is the gap that memory apps aim to fill. Susanne M. Jaeggi, Scientific American, "Does 'Brain Training' Actually Work?," 24 Sep. 2020 Through sheer repetition, Trump has defeated the idea of the game-changing disclosure. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Bob Woodward Finally Got Trump to Tell the Truth About COVID-19," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

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“Repetition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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 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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