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iterate

Syllabification: it·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈidəˌrāt
 
/

Definition of iterate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Perform or utter repeatedly.
Example sentences
  • If you want, we can start iterating them one by one.
  • He was merely iterating his fondness for Thurmond and for the old South, and expressing his cherished wish to preserve it.
  • In a separate statement he iterated the simplicity of treatment of such ‘disabled’ persons with ‘drugs'.
1.1 [no object] Make repeated use of a mathematical or computational procedure, applying it each time to the result of the previous application; perform iteration.
Example sentences
  • The remainder of the program iterates through a number of PCM data types, starting with the stream types.
  • He then iterates the process to converge on a zero of f.
  • The searches were initiated with a single query sequence and iterated until convergence.

noun

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A quantity arrived at by iteration.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin iterat- 'repeated', from the verb iterare, from iterum 'again'.

Words that rhyme with iterate

alliterate, obliterate, transliterate

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