retell

If you recite your story a second time, you retell it. After they hear about how you actually slipped on a banana peel, your laughing friends may beg you to retell the incident over and over again.

To retell is to reiterate something, or to tell it again. You might retell your favorite joke every time you have a new audience, or you may find yourself having to retell the details of a fender bender you witnessed once the police show up. When a writer takes up an old theme or story to put their own new twist on it, they retell it: "My goal was to retell the classic Cinderella tale in a modern way."

Definitions of retell
  1. verb
    to say, state, or perform again
    synonyms: ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate
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    perseverate
    psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus
    ditto
    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
    retranslate
    translate again
    mistranslate
    translate incorrectly
    gloss
    provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
    Latinise, Latinize
    translate into Latin
    translate
    express, as in simple and less technical language
    abstract
    give an abstract (of)
    precis
    make a summary (of)
    docket
    make a summary or abstract of a legal document and inscribe it in a list
    recap, recapitulate
    summarize briefly
    misquote
    quote incorrectly
    type of:
    tell
    let something be known
  2. verb
    make into fiction
    synonyms: fictionalise, fictionalize
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    type of:
    re-create
    create anew
  3. verb
    render verbally, "recite a poem"
    retell a story”
    synonyms: recite
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    type of:
    re-create
    create anew
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