To iterate is to repeat, as in to say or perform something again. If you loved the high school drama club’s performance of the “Three Little Pigs,” encourage them to iterate the musical so you can see it again. And again.

Iterate comes from the Latin word iterare for "do again, repeat.” Iterate is a transitive verb, so you have to iterate something. A successful play or concert will usually iterate a performance, so more people can see it. People often iterate a point, by repeating, they hope others will understand it better. Politicians often iterate key points. The word reiterate is more familiar, and means something very similar — to repeat something for emphasis.

Definitions of iterate
  1. verb
    say, state, or perform again
    synonyms: ingeminate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
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    psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus
    repeat an action or statement
    dwell, harp
    come back to
    interpret, render, translate
    restate (words) from one language into another language
    paraphrase, rephrase, reword
    express the same message in different words
    resume, sum up, summarise, summarize
    give a summary (of)
    cite, quote
    repeat a passage from
    translate again
    translate incorrectly
    provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
    translate into Latin
    express, as in simple and less technical language
    give an abstract (of)
    make a summary (of)
    make a summary or abstract of a legal document and inscribe it in a list
    recap, recapitulate
    summarize briefly
    quote incorrectly
    type of:
    let something be known
  2. verb
    run or be performed again
    “the function iterates
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    type of:
    recur, repeat
    happen or occur again
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