General Science

  • noun a thing done for a second or subsequent time


  • verb to do or say something again


  • The distance between repetitions of identical patterns on wallpaper.

Media Studies


  • noun a second or later printing of an advertisement, or a second or later broadcasting of a radio or TV programme

Origin & History of “repeat”

The -peat of repeat comes ultimately from Latin petere ‘go to, seek’, which has also given English appetite, compete, impetuous, perpetual (14th c.), petition (14th c.), and petulant (16th c.). Addition of the prefix re- ‘back, again’ produced repetere ‘go back to’, which reached English via Old French repeter.