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Definition of repeat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repeat
    he / she / it repeats
    past simple repeated
    -ing form repeating
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    say/write again
  1. 1[transitive] to say or write something again or more than once repeat something to repeat a question I'm sorry—could you repeat that? She kept repeating his name softly over and over again. The opposition has been repeating its calls for her resignation. Are you prepared to repeat these allegations in court? repeat yourself Please tell me if I'm repeating myself (= if I have already said this). repeat that… He's fond of repeating that the company's success is all down to him.
  2. do again
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] repeat (something) to do or produce something again or more than once to repeat a mistake/a process/an exercise The treatment should be repeated every two to three hours. They are hoping to repeat last year's victory. These offers are unlikely to be repeated. The programs will be repeated next year. She was young for her class, so she repeated kindergarten. Lift and lower the right leg 20 times. Repeat with the left leg.
  4. happen again
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] repeat (something/itself) to happen more than once in the same way History has a strange way of repeating itself. This phrase is repeated at intervals throughout the song. a repeating pattern/design
  6. what someone else said
  7. 4[transitive] to tell someone something that you have heard or been told by someone else repeat something to somebody I don't want you to repeat a word of this to anyone. repeat something The rumor has been widely repeated in the press.
  8. 5[transitive] to say something that someone else has said, especially in order to learn it repeat something (after somebody) Listen and repeat each sentence after me. repeat what… Can you repeat what I've just said word for word? + speech “Are you really sure?” she repeated.
  9. for emphasis
  10. 6[intransitive, transitive] used to emphasize something that you have already said The claims are, I repeat, totally unfounded. Nor, to repeat, can these changes be avoided. repeat something I am not, repeat not, traveling in the same car as him!
  11. Word Familyrepeat verb nounrepeatable adjective (unrepeatable)repeated adjectiverepeatedly adverbrepetition nounrepetitive adjectiverepetitious adjectiverepeat verb nounrepeatable adjective (unrepeatable)repeated adjectiverepeatedly adverbrepetition nounrepetitive adjectiverepetitious adjective
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