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[ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3] /rɪˈpraɪz for 1; rəˈpriz for 2, 3/
Usually, reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.
  1. a repetition.
  2. a return to the first theme or subject.
verb (used with object), reprised, reprising.
to execute a repetition of; repeat:
They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act.
Origin of reprise
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: a taking back, Old French, noun use of feminine past participle of reprendre to take back < Latin reprehendere to reprehend
Can be confused
reprisal, reprise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reprise
  • It's all that starting and stopping for songs, hardly one of which doesn't reprise an earlier sentiment, either stated or implied.
  • And too many started out in free time and ended in a snappy unison reprise.
  • Despite the brief reprise your vision remains cloudy, causing the words on the monitor to blur.
  • Nor has anyone suggested that it would make sense to reprise that approach in today's conditions.
  • Alas, ten years after that dramatic reprise, his career is struggling.
  • All in all, a reprise of last year's oil crisis seems unlikely.
  • The reprise was a sputtering, closing version of the original conflagration.
British Dictionary definitions for reprise


the repeating of an earlier theme
to repeat (an earlier theme)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; see reprehend
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Word Origin and History for reprise

early 15c., from Old French repris, past participle of reprendre (see reprise (v.)).

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