Definition of iterate in English:


Syllabification: it·er·ate
Pronunciation: /ˈitəˌrāt


[with object]
  • 1Perform or utter repeatedly.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • A quantity arrived at by iteration.


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

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