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

And a reminder than while some tour dates can feel like exercises in repetition, others offer something specific to that time and place. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "The National at White Oak Music Hall: Sometimes your show is special," 12 Sep. 2019 The event is well remembered, but fashion doesn’t thrive on repetition. Vogue, "11 Honoré and Good American Join Forces for a Halston-Inspired Bash," 6 Sep. 2019 Perhaps the most disturbing thing is that, largely thanks to Trump’s persistence and repetitions, there is now a receptive audience for this incendiary language, particularly among G.O.P. voters. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "“Sharpiegate” and Donald Trump’s Perpetual Cone of Uncertainty," 6 Sep. 2019 Too much repetition in the code could spell disaster. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "For Navajo Code Talker Peter MacDonald, a 'beautiful blue' uniform led him to enlist at 15," 29 Aug. 2019 The text on the watch face is very small and remembering the right sequence of buttons to push takes some repetition. Dallas News, "Casio Pro Trek watch is tough and feature-packed," 8 Aug. 2019 Fourth-round pick Ben Powers played probably the most first-string repetitions at guard of anyone in training camp. Jonas Shaffer,, "Three last-minute Ravens roster questions ahead of preseason finale," 29 Aug. 2019 Studying and repetition aside, a quarterback still has to make the throws. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "For record-setting Fairview QB Aidan Atkinson, every play is a problem with a solution. “You just got to find it.”," 28 Aug. 2019 The repetitions here acquire an emotional resonance, and the geometric forms, stretched, gain a new tone: longing. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Wendy Whelan and Maya Beiser’s Meditation on 9/11," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 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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