- 1 [reporting verb] Say again something one has already said: [with direct speech]: “Are you hurt?” he repeated [with object]: Billy repeated his question [with clause]: the landlady repeated that she was being very lenient with himMore example sentences
- I don't think I need to repeat what I've already said about this film.
- Even if you've read everything that Moore has ever written, and know this already, it bears repeating.
- The name Susanna is also repeated, echoing that same vowel and sibilant.
- 1.1Say again (something said or written by someone else): he repeated the words after me [with clause]: she repeated what I’d saidMore example sentences
- We can take that small gift, and rather than give in to the emptiness, the ever-echo that merely repeats us back to us - we can sing through it, and listen for something else.
- Similarly, Lee repeats Carter's greeting to his black buddies and creates many funny situations.
- He also repeated Judge Woolsey's famous remark about Ulysses being ‘emetic rather than erotic’ though he did not refer the court to his source.
- 1.2 (repeat oneself) Say or do the same thing again.More example sentences
- This way, it took me three years to finalise the script,’ informs the film - maker, who asserts that he never repeats himself.
- He repeats himself, something broadcasters of his calibre rarely do.
- Mountstuart also contradicts and repeats himself, as diarists tend to do.
- 2 [with object] Do (something) again, either once or a number of times: earlier experiments were to be repeated on a far larger scaleMore example sentences
- He repeats it once too often, and it begs the question, ‘From whom?’
- Because it is becoming less and less likely every day that they will prosper by attempting to repeat the actions of the Baby Boomers who came before them.
- Gass repeated the experiment dozens of times - and each time the blade stopped immediately.
- 2.1Broadcast (a television or radio program) again.
- 2.2Undertake (a course or period of instruction) again: Mark had to repeat first and second gradesMore example sentences
- I missed 2 weeks of school and almost had to repeat second grade.
- Young children often repeat grades because teachers or parents feel they have not acquired the appropriate academic or social skills to advance to the next grade.
- I was in the classroom with Merce for over ten years and not once did he repeat a class.
- 2.3 (repeat itself) Occur again in the same way or form: I don’t intend to let history repeat itselfMore example sentences
- While we do not necessarily expect history to repeat itself, a dollar rally may still take longer to materialise than many now seem to expect.
- Our linguistic history is repeating itself in this latest verbal revolution.
- 2.5 [no object] North American Attain a particular success or achievement again, especially by winning a championship for the second consecutive time: the first team in nineteen years to repeat as NBA championsMore example sentences
- Stu Ungar, who repeated as champion that year, was a coke-addled enfant terrible whose wavelength happened to be out of phase with that of the London man of letters.
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- 1An action, event, or other thing that occurs or is done again: the final will be a repeat of last yearMore example sentences
- As many recall, the soybean market, along with other grains to a more limited extent, went through the roof during the past year; the coming year may perhaps be a repeat in some similar way.
- And, clearly, the majority of Russians are averse to any repeat of the terror employed by the Soviets in 1918.
- Because there'll be no repeat, we believe ourselves safe, and tomorrow we'll be able to pretend that nothing happened.
- 1.1A repeated broadcast of a television or radio program.More example sentences
- By the way, if you missed the show, you can catch the repeat on Radio 4 at 5pm on Sunday, 27 April.
- Presuming for a second that no one has ever watched repeats of the television show on Nick at Nite, the premise is that the central female character is a real-life honest to goodness witch, whose family are the only ones aware of her secret.
- We'd do a film together if somebody came up with an idea that wasn't a remake or a repeat or a sequel.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Occurring, done, or used more than once: a repeat prescriptionMore example sentences
- However, they can also suffer from static displays which, having been viewed once, discourage repeat visits.
- Although some traders practiced fraud, others worked hard to acquire reputations for fair business practices in order to encourage repeat sales.
- This is a true crime for which they are repeat offenders.
- 1.4A decorative pattern that is repeated uniformly over a surface.More example sentences
- In subdued colours they comprise practically endless pattern repeats.
- A repeat of the pattern after a pause would take commodity prices substantially higher.
- His growing obsession with time and with adjusting all kinds of clocks from local Taipei to Paris time is amusing, but his actions are essentially repeats of a pattern, going in the same direction.
- 1.5 Music A passage intended to be repeated.More example sentences
- The melody in the tenor part was also often repeated, but not always to synchronize with the rhythmic repeat.
- 1.6A mark indicating this.More example sentences
- The term was commonly used in Baroque instrumental music, such as concertos, and regularly in minuet-and-trio structures, to indicate the repeat of the minuet.
- He gives us few tempo indications, but gives us repeats that we can arbitrarily take or not.
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- What the Skeptics do is challenge these ‘scientists’ to the gold standards of science, particularly repeatability.
- Photographers are gravitating to this new type of printing for a number of reasons, including ease of control over how the image looks as a print, repeatability and archivalness.
- The trials reviewed herein do not establish this same level of consistency or repeatability with respect to the effects of implants on beef tenderness and palatability.
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- Time and again, what we imagined to be repeatable will never occur again.
- With specialized, repeatable, and scalable infrastructures the organization will gain both economies of scale and flexibility to respond on-the-fly to changing business conditions.
- Precision agriculture systems depend on gathering specific data in a repeatable fashion from the soil and crops, using equipment connected to global information and global positioning systems.
late Middle English: from Old French repeter, from Latin repetere, from re- 'back' + petere 'seek'.