re·peat (rĭ-pēt, rēpēt′)
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.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: repeat, iterate, reiterate, restate
These verbs mean to state again: repeated the warning; iterate a demand; reiterated the question; restated the obvious.
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