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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.

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. Robin Green, Northern Exposure, Burning Down the House, 1992:

    Repetition is the death of art.

  2. Steven Lamm:

    You are practicing confronting your fear. Through that repetition, the brain becomes less stressed. And seeing blood is definitely stressful.

  3. Florence Scovel Shinn:

    We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.

  4. D. H. Lawrence:

    But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.

  5. Frank Baptiste:

    You’re essentially doing repetition after repetition of single-leg body weight squats. You’re only going up, but it’s all of your body weight on one leg.

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