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[ri-peet] /rɪˈpit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to say or utter again (something already said):
to repeat a word for emphasis.
2.
to say or utter in reproducing the words, inflections, etc., of another:
to repeat a sentence after the teacher.
3.
to reproduce (utterances, sounds, etc.) in the manner of an echo, a phonograph, or the like.
4.
to tell (something heard) to another or others.
5.
to do, make, or perform again:
to repeat an action.
6.
to go through or undergo again:
to repeat an experience.
verb (used without object)
7.
to do or say something again.
8.
to cause a slight regurgitation:
The onions I ate are repeating on me.
9.
to vote illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.
noun
10.
the act of repeating.
11.
something repeated; repetition.
12.
a duplicate or reproduction of something.
13.
a decorative pattern repeated, usually by printing, on a textile or the like.
14.
Music.
  1. a passage to be repeated.
  2. a sign, as a vertical arrangement of dots, calling for the repetition of a passage.
15.
a radio or television program that has been broadcast at least once before.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English repeten (v.) < Middle French repeter < Latin repetere to attack again, demand return of, equivalent to re- re- + petere to reach towards, seek (cf. perpetual, petulant)
Related forms
repeatable, adjective
repeatability, noun
nonrepeat, noun
self-repeating, adjective
unrepeatable, adjective
Synonyms
1. iterate, recite, rehearse. 1, 5. Repeat, recapitulate, reiterate refer to saying a thing more than once. To repeat is to do or say something over again: to repeat a question, an order. To recapitulate is to restate in brief form, to summarize, often by repeating the principal points in a discourse: to recapitulate an argument. To reiterate is to do or say something over and over again, to repeat insistently: to reiterate a refusal, a demand. 3. echo, reecho.
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  • Overhead trusses establish a repeating visual rhythm and give scale to the main room.
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  • repeating the action over and over creates the number system which gives us the ability to make measurements.
  • They are formed of simple molecules or individual elements arranged in repeating chains, sheets, or three-dimensional arrays.
  • By repeating the procedure over generations, scientists would eventually create an animal that is mostly mammoth.
  • The egg case silk was shown to be composed of nearly identical, repeating sequences.
  • Song: long and elaborate, consisting of low trills and warbles, seldom repeating phrases.
  • Elite climbers are disciplined athletes who train constantly, repeating movements to perfection.
  • Connect the other end of the string to a second cup by repeating these steps.
  • Don't look down, the climber below me kept repeating unnecessarily.
British Dictionary definitions for repeating

repeat

/rɪˈpiːt/
verb
1.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object) to say or write (something) again, either once or several times; restate or reiterate
2.
to do or experience (something) again once or several times
3.
(intransitive) to occur more than once: the last figure repeats
4.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to reproduce (the words, sounds, etc) uttered by someone else; echo
5.
(transitive) to utter (a poem, speech, etc) from memory; recite
6.
(intransitive)
  1. (of food) to be tasted again after ingestion as the result of belching or slight regurgitation
  2. to belch
7.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to tell to another person (the words, esp secrets, imparted to one by someone else)
8.
(intransitive) (of a clock) to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
9.
(intransitive) (US) to vote (illegally) more than once in a single election
10.
repeat oneself, to say or do the same thing more than once, esp so as to be tedious
noun
11.
  1. the act or an instance of repeating
  2. (as modifier): a repeat performance
12.
a word, action, etc, that is repeated
13.
an order made out for goods, provisions, etc, that duplicates a previous order
14.
a duplicate copy of something; reproduction
15.
(radio, television) a further broadcast of a programme, film, etc, which has been broadcast before
16.
(music) a passage that is an exact restatement of the passage preceding it
Derived Forms
repeatability, noun
repeatable, adjective
Usage note
Since again is part of the meaning of repeat, one should not say something is repeated again
Word Origin
C14: from Old French repeter, from Latin repetere to seek again, from re- + petere to seek
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Word Origin and History for repeating

repeat

v.

late 14c., "to say what one has already said," from Old French repeter "say or do again, get back, demand the return of" (13c., Modern French répéeter), from Latin repetere "do or say again; attack again," from re- "again" (see re-) + petere "to go to; attack; strive after; ask for, beseech" (see petition (n.)).

Meaning "say what another has said" is from 1590s. As an emphatic word in radio broadcasts, 1938. Meaning "do over again" is from 1550s; specific meaning "to take a course of education over again" is recorded from 1945, American English. Related: Repeated; repeating.

n.

mid-15c., of music passages, from repeat (v.). From 1937 of broadcasts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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