Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: repeter, from Latin repetere, from petere 'to go to, try to find'


1 verb
re‧peat1 S2 W2 [transitive]

say again

to say or write something again:
Can you repeat your question?
Sorry - could you repeat that?
repeat that
Nick patiently repeated that he had to work that day.
It is not, I repeat not, my fault.
'I promise,' she repeated.
repeat yourself (=say something that you have said before, usually by mistake)
Elderly people tend to repeat themselves.

do again

to do something again:
Repeat the exercises twice a day.
We must not repeat the mistakes of the past.
repeat a class/grade/year (=do the same class at school again the following year)
The team are hoping to repeat their success (=achieve the same good result) of last season.


to say something that someone else has just said, especially in order to learn it
repeat (something) after somebody
Repeat after me: amo, amas, amat ...


to tell someone something that you have heard, especially something secret:
Here's what happened, but don't repeat it.


TCBAMT to broadcast a television or radio programme again:
The series will be repeated in the autumn.

something doesn't bear repeating

used to say that you do not want to repeat what someone has said, especially because it is rude:
Her comments don't bear repeating!

➔ history repeats itself

at history (8)

repeat on somebody

phrasal verb
if food repeats on you, its taste keeps coming back into your mouth after you have eaten it

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