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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 him say again (something said or written by someone else):he repeated the words after me [with clause]:she repeated what I’d said
) say or do the same thing again.
used for emphasis:force was not—repeat, not—to be used 2 [with object] do (something) again, either once or a number of times:earlier experiments were to be repeated on a far larger scale broadcast (a television or radio program) again. undertake (a course or period of instruction) again:Mark had to repeat first and second grades
) occur again in the same way or form:I don’t intend to let history repeat itself
[no object] US illegally vote more than once in an election. [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 champions [with object] (of a watch or clock) strike (the last hour or quarter) over again when required. 3 [no object] (of food) be tasted intermittently for some time after being swallowed as a result of belching or indigestion:it sat rather uncomfortably on my stomach and repeated on me for hours
an action, event, or other thing that occurs or is done again:the final will be a repeat of last year a repeated broadcast of a television or radio program. [as modifier] occurring, done, or used more than once:a repeat prescription a consignment of goods similar to one already received. a decorative pattern that is repeated uniformly over a surface. Music a passage intended to be repeated.