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to repeat; in music: a return to the first theme
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reprisal – retaliation against an enemy; redress; revenge
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a. A repetition of a phrase or verse.
b. A return to an original theme.
2. (often rĭ-prīz′) A recurrence or resumption of an action.
tr.v. re·prised, re·pris·ing, re·pris·es
To repeat or resume an action; make a reprise of.
[Middle English, act of taking back, from Old French, from feminine past participle of reprendre, to take back; see reprieve.]
Usage Note: In its musical sense meaning "a repetition of a phrase or verse" or "a return to an original theme," reprise is usually pronounced (rĭ-prēz′), with its last syllable rhyming with freeze. This reflects the influence of French when the musical use of the word was adopted in the 1700s. When the sense "a recurrence or resumption of an action" is used in legal context, the pronunciation (rĭ-prīz′), with the last syllable rhyming with cries, is acceptable, reflecting the older history of the word, going back to the Middle Ages. In musical contexts, 45 percent of the Usage Panel disapproved of the (rĭ-prīz′) pronunciation in our 2001 survey. The pronunciation arose either as a spelling pronunciation by people with limited musical exposure, or by influence of the related word reprisal, which is pronounced with (ī).
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(Music, other) the repeating of an earlier theme
(Music, other) to repeat (an earlier theme)
[C14: from Old French, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; see reprehend]
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re•prise(rɪˈpraɪz; for 2,3 usu. rəˈpriz)
n., v. -prised, -pris•ing. n.
1. Usu., reprises.Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of an estate or manor, as an annuity.
3. to repeat: to reprise the waltz tune in the third act.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French: a taking back, Old French, n. use of feminine past participle of reprendre < Latin reprehendere to reprehend]
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Past participle: reprised
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|Verb||1.||reprise - repeat an earlier theme of a composition|
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
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