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.
n the act of doing or performing again
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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
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
the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something
the act of making copies
copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else
the act of renewing yourself (or itself)
n an event that repeats
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several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys
a periodically repeated sequence of events
something (especially a game) that is played again
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)
n the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
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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
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
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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a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)