reiterate

verb
re·​it·​er·​ate | \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reiterate (audio) \
reiterated; reiterating

Essential Meaning of reiterate

somewhat formal : to repeat something you have already said in order to emphasize it reiterate a claim/view/point She avoided answering our questions directly, instead reiterating that the answers could be found in her book. Allow me to reiterate: if I am elected, I will not raise taxes.

Full Definition of reiterate

transitive verb

: to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect

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Other Words from reiterate

reiteration \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌi-​tə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce reiterate (audio) \ noun
reiterative \ rē-​ˈi-​tə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce reiterate (audio) , -​t(ə-​)rə-​tiv \ adjective
reiteratively adverb

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Can you guess the meaning of iterate, a less common relative of reiterate? It must mean simply "to state or do," right? Nope. Actually, iterate also means "to state or do again." It's no surprise, then, that some usage commentators have insisted that reiterate must always mean "to say or do again AND AGAIN." No such nice distinction exists in actual usage, however. Both reiterate and iterate can convey the idea of a single repetition or of many repetitions. Reiterate is the older of the two words — it first appeared in the 15th century, whereas iterate turned up around 1533. Both stem from the Latin verb iterare, which is itself from iterum ("again"), but reiterate took an extra step, through Latin reiterare("to repeat").

Examples of reiterate in a Sentence

He iterates and reiterates that his lab likewise provided the French with many biological tools and samples, as well as significant technical guidance … — Natalie Angier, New York Times Book Review, 24 Mar. 1991 Easy victories bring little satisfaction; repeated failures encourage reiterated effort, to the moment of ultimate gratification or ultimate resignation. — Peter Gay, Style in History, 1974 Judge Douglas has again, for, I believe, the fifth time, if not the seventh, in my presence, reiterated his charge of a conspiracy or combination between the National Democrats and Republicans. — Abraham Lincoln, debate versus Stephen A. Douglas, 7 Oct. 1858 "And are you glad to see me?" asked she, reiterating her former question, and pleased to detect the faint dawn of a smile. — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847 She avoided answering our questions directly, instead reiterating that the answers could be found in her book. Allow me to reiterate: if I am elected, I will not raise taxes.
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Recent Examples on the Web Bannon has not been cooperating so far and lawmakers took the opportunity ahead of Thursday's deadline to reiterate that he is obligated to do so. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Football players, cheerleaders and any students who attended the game were kept in the auditorium after others left to reiterate that anyone who heard or saw anything should step forward. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Just to reiterate: Experts say that students and their families miss out on billions of dollars every year. Andy Meek, BGR, 5 Oct. 2021 Given the range, size and scope of the exhibition, Morales sees the gallery’s 15th anniversary as a prime opportunity to present the space as a serious gallery, but to also reiterate its curatorial focus on community. Seth Combs, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 The Biden administration may also use the moment to reiterate its particular brand of internationalism and further distance itself from its predecessor. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 Godwin appeared to reiterate her call for an independent investigation into the matter on Wednesday. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 To reiterate, two-thirds of all vessels currently at sea are without any additional protection for their operational infrastructure! Roman Gold, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 But, to reiterate, this is about more than just basketball, strategy and lineup permutations. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of reiterate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reiterate

Middle English, from Latin reiteratus, past participle of reiterare to repeat, from re- + iterare to iterate

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22 Oct 2021

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“Reiterate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reiterate. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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reiterate

verb
re·​it·​er·​ate | \ rē-ˈi-tə-ˌrāt How to pronounce reiterate (audio) \
reiterated; reiterating

Kids Definition of reiterate

: to repeat something said or done I reiterated my warning.

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