Use the noun repetition to describe something that is repeated over and over, like the repetition of singing the alphabet song several times a day to help young children learn the letters.

To correctly pronounce repetition, accent the third syllable: "re-peh-TIH-shun." Repetition and the closely related repeat come from the Latin word repetere, meaning "do or say again." It can be a very effective tool in public speaking, such as the repetition of "I have a dream that one day . . ." in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech.

Definitions of repetition
  1. noun
    the act of doing or performing again
    synonyms: repeating
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    (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)
    doing or saying again; a repeated performance
    repetition of an act needlessly
    reduplication, reiteration
    the act of repeating over and again (or an instance thereof)
    an act of copying
    action replay, instant replay, replay
    the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
    the act of renewing
    the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion
    duplication, gemination
    the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something
    replication, reproduction
    the act of making copies
    copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
    the act of renewing yourself (or itself)
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    continuance, continuation
    the act of continuing an activity without interruption
  2. noun
    an event that repeats
    synonyms: repeat
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    several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys
    a periodically repeated sequence of events
    rematch, replay
    something (especially a game) that is played again
    recurrence, return
    the event of happening again (especially at regular intervals)
    a never-ending cycle of activities and events (especially when they seem to have little purpose)
    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the endless cycle of birth and suffering and death and rebirth
    atavism, reversion, throwback
    a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
    an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)
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    periodic event, recurrent event
    an event that recurs at intervals
  3. noun
    the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
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    anadiplosis, reduplication
    repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
    repetition after intervening words
    repetition of a group of words in reverse order
    epiphora, epistrophe
    repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
    the doubling of a word or phrase (as for rhetorical effect)
    (rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning
    repetition of a word in a different case or inflection in the same sentence
    anaphora, epanaphora
    repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
    using a pronoun or similar word instead of repeating a word used earlier
    repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses, i.e., simultaneous use of anaphora and epistrophe
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    rhetorical device
    a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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