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reprise

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noun re·prise \ri-ˈprēz, sense 1 is also -ˈprīz\

Definition of reprise

  1. 1 :  a deduction or charge made yearly out of a manor or estate —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a recurrence, renewal, or resumption of an action

  3. 3 [French, from Middle French] a :  a musical repetition: (1) :  the repetition of the exposition preceding the development (2) :  recapitulation 3b :  a repeated performance :  repetition

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Examples of reprise in a Sentence

  1. They ended their performance with a reprise of the opening number.

  2. The team is hoping to avoid a reprise of last year's defeat.

Did You Know?

When "reprise" was first adopted into English in the 15th century, it referred to a deduction or charge made yearly out of a manor or estate (and was usually used in the plural form "reprises"). It probably won't surprise you, then, to learn that "reprise" comes from an Anglo-French word meaning "seizure, repossession, or expense." Eventually, "reprise" came to refer to any action that was repeated or resumed. A later sense, borrowed from modern French, applies to specific types of repetition in musical compositions and was eventually generalized to describe any subsequent and identical performance. It's possible, for example, to have a reprise of a television program or a book.

Origin and Etymology of reprise

Middle English, from Anglo-French, seizure, repossession, expense, from feminine past participle of reprendre to take back, from re- + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere


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reprise

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verb re·prise \ri-ˈprīz, sense 3 is -ˈprēz\

Definition of reprise

reprised

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reprising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  take back; especially :  to recover by force

  3. 2 archaic :  compensate

  4. 3a :  to repeat the performance ofb :  to repeat the principal points or stages of :  recapitulate

Examples of reprise in a Sentence

  1. He will reprise his role in the play.

  2. the prosecutor's closing statement effectively reprised the case against the defendant

Origin and Etymology of reprise

Middle English, from Middle French repris, past participle of reprendre


REPRISE Defined for English Language Learners

reprise

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noun

Definition of reprise for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a piece of music) that is repeated

reprise

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Definition of reprise for English Language Learners

  • : to repeat (something, such as a performance of a piece of music)



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