re|peat1 W2S2 [rıˈpi:t] v [T]
1¦(say again)¦
2¦(do again)¦
6 something doesn't bear repeating
Phrasal verbs
 repeat on somebody
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: repeter, from Latin repetere, from petere 'to go to, try to find']
1.) ¦(SAY AGAIN)¦
to say or write something again
Can you repeat your question?
Sorry - could you repeat that?
repeat that
Nick patiently repeated that he had to work that day.
It is not, I repeat not, my fault.
'I promise,' she repeated.
repeat yourself
(=say something that you have said before, usually by mistake)
Elderly people tend to repeat themselves.
2.) ¦(DO AGAIN)¦
to do something again
Repeat the exercises twice a day.
We must not repeat the mistakes of the past.
repeat a class/grade/year
(=do the same class at school again the following year)
The team are hoping to repeat their success (=achieve the same good result) of last season.
3.) ¦(LEARN)¦
to say something that someone else has just said, especially in order to learn it
repeat (sth) after sb
Repeat after me: amo, amas, amat ...
4.) ¦(TELL)¦
to tell someone something that you have heard, especially something secret
Here's what happened, but don't repeat it.
to broadcast a television or radio programme again
The series will be repeated in the autumn.
6.) sth doesn't bear repeating
used to say that you do not want to repeat what someone has said, especially because it is rude
Her comments don't bear repeating!
history repeats itself athistory
repeat on [repeat on sb] phr v
if food repeats on you, its taste keeps coming back into your mouth after you have eaten it
repeat 2
repeat2 n
1.) [usually singular]
an event that is very like something that happened before
repeat of
The match was basically a repeat of last year's game at Wembley.
It was a terrible journey - I hope we don't have a repeat performance (=have the same thing happen again) on the way home.
2.) a television or radio programme that has been broadcast before
'Is it a repeat?' 'No, it's a new series.'
3.) repeat order/prescription
BrE an order of goods or a ↑prescription of medicine that is the same as one you had before
4.) technical the sign that tells a performer to play a piece of music again, or the music that is played again

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