Definition of repeat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpiːt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repeat
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpiːt//
    he / she / it repeats
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpiːts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpiːts//
    past simple repeated
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpiːtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpiːtɪd//
    past participle repeated
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpiːtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpiːtɪd//
    -ing form repeating
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpiːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpiːtɪŋ//
    Healthy eating habits, TV shows
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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 have been repeating their calls for the president's resignation. Are you prepared to repeat these allegations in court? repeat yourself Do say 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 programmes will be repeated next year. to repeat the class/year/grade (= in a school, to take the class/year/grade again) Lift and lower the right leg 20 times. Repeat with the left leg. See related entries: TV shows
  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 somebody else said
  7. 4  [transitive] to tell somebody something that you have heard or been told by somebody else repeat something to somebody I don't want you to repeat a word of this to anyone. repeat something The rumour has been widely repeated in the press.
  8. 5  [transitive] to say something that somebody 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. of food
  10. 6[intransitive] repeat (on somebody) (British English, informal) if food repeats, you can taste it for some time after you have eaten it Do you find that onions repeat on you? See related entries: Healthy eating habits
  11. for emphasis
  12. 7  [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, travelling in the same car as him!
  13. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French repeter, from Latin repetere, from re- ‘back’ + petere ‘seek’.Word Familyrepeat verb nounrepeatable adjective (unrepeatable)repeated adjectiverepeatedly adverbrepetition nounrepetitive adjectiverepetitious adjectiveExtra examples ‘Oh,’ she repeated lamely. A single note repeated over and over again, throbbing in my head. He repeated what she had said word for word. I can only repeat what I have already said to other journalists. It may be necessary to repeat the dose several times to effect a cure. She faithfully repeated everything he had told her. She kept repeating it over and over again like a robot. That message was still being repeated ad nauseam on the radio. The students repeated each sentence after their teacher. There is no point in merely repeating what we’ve done before. They constantly repeat the same mistakes. You must not repeat this to anyone. students repeating drills parrot-fashion Can you repeat what I’ve just said word for word? Do say if I’m repeating myself. He’s fond of repeating that the company’s success is all down to him. I don’t want you to repeat a word of this to anyone. I’m sorry—could you repeat that? The president’s opponents have been repeating their calls for his resignation. They are hoping to repeat last year’s victory. Try not to repeat your mistakes. Why did you go and repeat what I said to Ian?
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