[ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3]
Usually, reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.
a repetition.
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.

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

reprisal, reprise. Unabridged
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reprise (rɪˈpriːz)
1.  the repeating of an earlier theme
2.  to repeat (an earlier theme)
[C14: from Old French, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; see reprehend]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "yearly deduction from charges upon a manor or estate," from O.Fr. reprise "act of taking back," fem. of repris, pp. of reprendre "take back," from L. reprendere (see reprisal). Meaning "resumption of an action" is from 1680s. Musical sense is from 1879. The
verb is attested from mid-15c.
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Example sentences
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.
Alas, ten years after that dramatic reprise, his career is struggling.
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