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)

  1. to do or say something again.
  2. to cause a slight regurgitation: The onions I ate are repeating on me.
  3. to vote illegally by casting more than one vote in the same election.


  1. the act of repeating.
  2. something repeated; repetition.
  3. a duplicate or reproduction of something.
  4. a decorative pattern repeated, usually by printing, on a textile or the like.
  5. Music.
    1. a passage to be repeated.
    2. a sign, as a vertical arrangement of dots, calling for the repetition of a passage.
  6. a radio or television program that has been broadcast at least once before.


  1. (when tr, 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. (intr) to occur more than oncethe last figure repeats
  4. (tr; may take a clause as object) to reproduce (the words, sounds, etc) uttered by someone else; echo
  5. (tr) to utter (a poem, speech, etc) from memory; recite
  6. (intr)
    1. (of food) to be tasted again after ingestion as the result of belching or slight regurgitation
    2. to belch
  7. (tr; may take a clause as object) to tell to another person (the words, esp secrets, imparted to one by someone else)
  8. (intr) (of a clock) to strike the hour or quarter-hour just past, when a spring is pressed
  9. (intr) 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


    1. the act or an instance of repeating
    2. (as modifier)a repeat performance
  1. a word, action, etc, that is repeated
  2. an order made out for goods, provisions, etc, that duplicates a previous order
  3. a duplicate copy of something; reproduction
  4. radio television a further broadcast of a programme, film, etc, which has been broadcast before
  5. music a passage that is an exact restatement of the passage preceding it

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.


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

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