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Definitions for repetition
ˌrɛp ɪˈtɪʃ ənrep·e·ti·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repeat, repetitionnoun

    an event that repeats

    "the events today were a repeat of yesterday's"

  2. repetition, repeatingnoun

    the act of doing or performing again

  3. repetitionnoun

    the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device


  1. repetitionnoun

    The act or an instance of repeating or being repeated.

  2. repetitionnoun

    The act of performing a single, controlled exercise motion; also called a rep. A group of repetitions is a set.

  3. Etymology: From repetitionem (accusative singular of repetitio).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Repetitionnoun

    Etymology: repetition, Fr. repetitio, Lat.

    The frequent repetition of aliment is necessary for repairing the fluids and solids. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The psalms, for the excellency of their use, deserve to be oftener repeated; but that the multitude of them permitteth not any oftner repetition. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 30.

    If you conquer Rome, the benefit,
    Which you shall thereby reap, is such a name,
    Whose repetition will be dogg’d with curses. William Shakespeare.


  1. Repetition

    Repetition is a 1989 song by Information Society. The song peaked at #76 in the Billboard Hot 100. The music video, shot in black and white, shows the band between building ruins and old things, that complete the sad line of the lyrics.


  1. repetition

    Repetition is the act of repeating or using something multiple times in order to emphasize or reinforce a message, idea, or action. It can be used in various forms such as repeating words, phrases, sounds, or actions, and is commonly used in writing, speech, music, and visual arts for various purposes like adding emphasis, creating rhythm, or enhancing the overall impact or meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repetitionnoun

    the act of repeating; a doing or saying again; iteration

  2. Repetitionnoun

    recital from memory; rehearsal

  3. Repetitionnoun

    the act of repeating, singing, or playing, the same piece or part a second time; reiteration of a note

  4. Repetitionnoun

    reiteration, or repeating the same word, or the same sense in different words, for the purpose of making a deeper impression on the audience

  5. Repetitionnoun

    the measurement of an angle by successive observations with a repeating instrument


  1. Repetition

    Repetition is the simple repeating of a word, within a sentence or a poetical line, with no particular placement of the words, in order to provide emphasis. This is such a common literary device that it is almost never even noted as a figure of speech. It also has connotations to listing for effect and is used commonly by famous poets such as Larkin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repetition

    rep-ē-tish′un, n. act of repeating: recital from memory.—ns. Rep′etend, that part of a repeating decimal which recurs continually: the burden of a song; Repetent′, a tutor or private teacher in Germany.—adjs. Repeti′tional, Repeti′tionary.—n. Repeti′tioner.—adj. Repeti′tious, using undue repetitions.—n. Repeti′tiousness.—adj. Repet′itive.—n. Repet′itor, a repetent.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'repetition' in Nouns Frequency: #2932

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repetition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repetition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of repetition in a Sentence

  1. Napoleon Hill:

    Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.

  2. Cristina Peerenboom:

    All the pain and repetition is masked by this amazing drumming movement and actually makes it more difficult, but Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Potenza don’t realize how hard it is because Cristina Peerenboom and Kirsten Potenza’re just listening to the beat.

  3. Cuban President MiguelDíaz-Canel:

    We have to gain experience from the disturbances, we also have to carry out a critical analysis of our problems in order to act and overcome, and avoid their repetition.

  4. Mike Donilon:

    Biden White very much believes that you need to give people a window into why you're doing it, a story you can follow to explain why you're going down this road, and repetition.

  5. David Mamet:

    The proclamation and repetition of first principles is a constant feature of life in our democracy. Active adherence to these principles, however, has always been considered un-American. We recipients of the boon of liberty have always been ready, when faced with discomfort, to discard any and all first principles of liberty, and, further, to indict those who do not freely join with us in happily arrogating those principles.

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