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Early 15th century, from Late Latin reiteratus, past participle of reiterare (to repeat) from re- (again) + iterare (repeat) from iterum (repeat).[1]



reiterate (third-person singular simple present reiterates, present participle reiterating, simple past and past participle reiterated)

  1. (transitive) To say or do (something) for a second time, such as for emphasis.
    Synonyms: repeat; see also Thesaurus:reiterate
    Let me reiterate my opinion.
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian[1]:
      He said France clearly wanted to "close one page and open another". He reiterated his opposition to austerity alone as the only way out of Europe's crisis: "My final duty, and I know I'm being watched from beyond our borders, is to put Europe back on the path of growth and employment."
      c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
      You never spoke what did become you less / Than this; which to reiterate were sin.
  2. (transitive) To say or do (something) repeatedly.
    Synonym: repeat

Usage notes[edit]

Although iterate and reiterate are similar, iterate indicates that the action is performed for each of a set of items, while reiterate indicates a more general repetition.



reiterate (comparative more reiterate, superlative most reiterate)

  1. Reiterated; repeated.
    Synonyms: iterate; see also Thesaurus:repeated



reiterate (plural reiterates)

  1. (botany) A tree with vertical branches alongside the main trunk and which continue to grow upwards.

Related terms[edit]


  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “reiterate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary




  1. second-person plural present indicative of reiterare
  2. second-person plural imperative of reiterare
  3. feminine plural of reiterato