- re|peat1 [ rı`pit ] verb transitive ***1. ) to say or write something again:Can you repeat what you just said, please?The first line is repeated throughout the poem.If you repeat those allegations, we will consult our lawyers.repeat that: He repeated that he was not interested in buying a new car.2. ) to tell someone something that someone else has told you:I'll tell you a secret, but please don't repeat it to anyone.a ) to say or write something you have heard or read because you are trying to learn or understand it:She can repeat the poem from memory (=without looking at it).repeat something after someone: The students carefully repeated the words after the teacher.3. ) to do something again or make something happen again:If you don't pass this test you'll have to repeat the ninth grade.Repeat the exercise eight times with each leg.When they repeated the experiment, the results were completely different.4. ) usually passive to broadcast a television or radio program againsomething doesn't bear repeating MAINLY BRITISHused for saying that you do not want to say something that you have heard because it is not polite or not importanthistory repeats itselfused for saying that something that is happening now is similar to an event or situation that happened in the pastrepeat yourselfto say or write the same words or idea that you said before, often without realizing that you are doing itre`peat on phrasal verb transitiverepeat on someone if food repeats on you, it makes you BURP (=causes air to come up from your stomach and out through your mouth) for a long time after you have eaten itrepeatre|peat 2 [ rı`pit ] noun count *1. ) a television or radio program that is broadcast again:There's nothing but repeats on TV tonight.2. ) an event, action, situation, etc. that happens again or is similar to one that happened before:repeat of: Police fear a repeat of last weekend's riots.a repeat performance (=something that happens again, especially something bad): We don't want a repeat performance of yesterday's argument, do we?3. ) a particular passage of music played again, or the symbol that tells a musician to do thisrepeat business/customers BUSINESScustomers who buy products or services from a particular business more than one time:We offer special discounts to our repeat customers.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.