- verb to do or say something again
- The distance between repetitions of identical patterns on wallpaper.
- noun something that is broadcast, shown, or performed again
- verb to broadcast a television or radio programme again, or be broadcast again
- 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.