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 (rĭ-pēt′, rē′pēt′)
v. re·peat·ed, re·peat·ing, re·peats
1. To say again: Could you repeat the question?
2. To utter in duplication of another's utterance: repeated the customer's complaint in disbelief.
3. To recite from memory: repeated the poem verbatim.
4. To tell to another: repeated what he had heard that morning.
5. To do, experience, or produce again: repeat past successes; repeat a course; repeat a pattern.
6. To express (oneself) in the same way or words: repeats himself constantly.
a. To say something again.
b. To do or experience something again, especially to win a championship for a second time in a row.
c. To occur or happen again: The melody repeats in the refrain.
2. To commit the fraudulent offense of voting more than once in a single election.
1. An act of repeating.
2. Something repeated, as an interval in athletic training.
3. A broadcast of a television or radio program that has been previously broadcast; a rerun.
4. Music
a. A passage or section that is repeated.
b. A sign usually consisting of two vertical dots, indicating a passage to be repeated.
Of, relating to, or being something that repeats or is repeated: a repeat offender; a repeat performance of the play.

[Middle English repeten, from Old French repeter, from Latin repetere, to seek again : re-, re- + petere, to seek; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

re·peat′a·bil′i·ty n.
re·peat′a·ble adj.
Synonyms: repeat, iterate, reiterate, restate
These verbs mean to state again: repeated the warning; iterate a demand; reiterated the question; restated the obvious.


1. repeating or saying again
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) artillery (of a firearm) capable of discharging several shots without reloading
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.repeating - the act of doing or performing again
continuance, continuation - the act of continuing an activity without interruption
echolalia - (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)
iteration - doing or saying again; a repeated performance
redundancy - repetition of an act needlessly
reiteration, reduplication - the act of repeating over and again (or an instance thereof)
copying - an act of copying
action replay, instant replay, replay - the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
renewal - the act of renewing
replication - the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion; "scientists will not believe an experimental result until they have seen at least one replication"


[rɪˈpiːtɪŋ] ADJ [clock, rifle] → de repetición; [pattern] → repetido (Math) → periódico
References in classic literature ?
She tried to forget it, but could not, and kept repeating to herself, "Mrs.
Cleric went through canto after canto of the `Commedia,' repeating the discourse between Dante and his `sweet teacher,' while his cigarette burned itself out unheeded between his long fingers.
A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over:
Elevating an arm, he pointed out the track of the sun, repeating the gesture for every day that was necessary to accomplish their objects.
It was more probable, therefore, that the descendants of a Pyncheon who had emigrated to Virginia, in some past generation, and became a great planter there,--hearing of Hepzibah's destitution, and impelled by the splendid generosity of character with which their Virginian mixture must have enriched the New England blood,--would send her a remittance of a thousand dollars, with a hint of repeating the favor annually.
But the predestinated mate coming still closer to him, where the Lakeman stood fixed, now shook the heavy hammer within an inch of his teeth; meanwhile repeating a string of insufferable maledictions.
and Haley relieved himself by repeating over a not very select litany of imprecations on himself, which, though there was the best possible reason to consider them as true, we shall, as a matter of taste, omit.
This castle had its legend, too, but I should not feel justified in repeating it because I doubted the truth of some of its minor details.
Elton seemed very properly struck and delighted by the idea, and was repeating, "No husbands and wives in the case at present indeed, as you observe.
The Sunday evening was spent in repeating, by heart, the Church Catechism, and the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of St.
I hemmed once more, and drew closer to the hearth, repeating my comment on the wildness of the evening.
She was only repeating what Dickon had told her, but she caught Colin's fancy.