re·​tweet (ˌ)rē-ˈtwēt How to pronounce retweet (audio)
retweeted; retweeting; retweets

transitive + intransitive

: to repost (something, such as a message) to the Twitter online message service
Garcia snapped a pic that was retweeted more than a thousand times.Lee Jenkins
… people who use Twitter … are rewarded with social validation when their tweets are retweetedThe Economist
retweet noun
plural retweets
The instant feedback—replies or retweets, the Twitter equivalent of applause—is intoxicating, like a pleasure-center reward for a lab rat pulling a lever. James Poniewozik

Examples of retweet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What Andreessen chose to retweet spoke even more explicitly in this direction. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2023 According to screenshots obtained by Media Matters, the option to like and retweet the posts from the pro-Nazi account were still available to users. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 17 Aug. 2023 The strategist’s thread of messages included news about Willis’s investigation of Trump and his allies — but Willis’s campaign account did not appear to retweet or interact with those messages. Holly Bailey, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 Using existing Instagram handles to tweet, retweet, like and share content removes the initial sign-up friction that every new app undergoes. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 4 July 2023 Just retweet this tweet to represent your school to get some Prime. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 10 July 2023 Hours later, Ackman urged his Twitter followers to call, email or visit Dimon and like and retweet his roughly 600-word tweet to help convince Dimon to run. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, 31 May 2023 A lot of people who then follow the celebrity will blindly hit like or retweet. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 In June of this year, DaBaby seemed to retweet a fan’s joke about the incident, which prompted Megan and Pardison Fontaine to call him out on Twitter. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 26 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

2007, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retweet was in 2007

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“Retweet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​tweet (ˌ)rē-ˈtwēt How to pronounce retweet (audio)
: to post (something, as a message) again to the Twitter online message service
retweet noun
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