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[it-uh-reyt] /ˈɪt əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), iterated, iterating.
to utter again or repeatedly.
to do (something) over again or repeatedly.
verb (used without object), iterated, iterating.
to operate or be applied repeatedly, as a linguistic rule or mathematical formula.
Origin of iterate
1525-35; < Latin iterātus, past participle of iterāre to repeat, equivalent to iter- (stem of iterum) again + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
uniterated, adjective
1. reiterate, repeat, rehearse. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It was easy to see that the iterated thanks were distasteful to him.

    Oonomoo the Huron Edward S. Ellis
  • He iterated ancient truths in forms that suited his own era.

  • The same thing was iterated and reiterated in hundreds of private dinner parties.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • He had come to the conclusion that both were useless; but his opinions and wishes were no longer frankly, boldly, iterated.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • It must be iterated and reiterated: The new society will not elect to lead a proletarian existence.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Its expression greets him at his birth and is iterated at every important experience throughout his life.

  • “No, there is nothing left for us but the open boat,” I iterated stoutly.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • A distant clang, as of a stricken anvil, iterated from the barren mountain beyond the forest.

    The Washer of the Ford Fiona Macleod
  • Here are some commonplaces that should be iterated in some shape every time an American organ of opinion goes to press.

  • But in spite of the iterated refusals of the speaker her lovers persisted in graciously rewarding her.

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for iterated


(transitive) to say or do again; repeat
Derived Forms
iterant, adjective
iteration, iterance, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin iterāre, from iterum again
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Word Origin and History for iterated



1530s, "to do again, repeat," back-formation from iteration, or else from Latin iteratus, past participle of iterare. Related: Iterated; iterating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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