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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The account, which has amassed more than 18,000 followers, is live today to cover the race and retweet attendee submissions. Heather Bushman, The Indianapolis Star, 28 May 2023 In this preposterous scenario, users would have to pay a fractional amount of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin to post or retweet. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2022 The article also listed 11 Taiwan celebrities who did not retweet the One China message, suggesting that fans will judge them accordingly. Dan Chen, The Conversation, 26 Sep. 2022 Then retweet with the #JimmyDeanHasBacon tag and #Sweepstakes for the chance to win a free pack. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 30 Dec. 2021 There’s a funny meme a lot of people have started to retweet every Friday afternoon. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Thursday morning, the Twitter account for the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee invited followers to retweet a tweet featuring a goat emoji, shorthand for the greatest of all time. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 4 May 2023 To win one of the controllers, follow the @Xbox Twitter account and retweet the announcement. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 If someone tries to retweet it anyway, they’ll be greeted with yet another warning with a link to learn more but will still be able to share it. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2020 See More

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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 5 Jun. 2023.

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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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