repeat ( repeats plural & 3rd person present) ( repeating present participle) ( repeated past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you repeat something, you say or write it again. You can say I repeat to show that you feel strongly about what you are repeating.
He repeated that he had been mis-quoted... V that
The Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi repeated his call for the release of hostages... V n
`You fool,' she kept repeating. V with quote
2 verb If you repeat something that someone else has said or written, you say or write the same thing, or tell it to another person.
She had an irritating habit of repeating everything I said to her... V n
I trust you not to repeat that to anyone else... V n to n
Now, brother, repeat after me, `All praise to Allah, Lord of All the Worlds'. V after n with quote
3 verb If you repeatyourself, you say something which you have said before, usually by mistake.
Then he started rambling and repeating himself. V pron-refl
4 verb If you repeat an action, you do it again.
The next day I repeated the procedure... V n
Hold this position for 30 seconds, release and repeat on the other side. V
5 verb If an event or series of events repeatsitself, it happens again.
The UN will have to work hard to stop history repeating itself... V pron-refl
6 n-count If there is a repeatof an event, usually an undesirable event, it happens again.
usu sing, oft N of n
There were fears that there might be a repeat of last year's campaign of strikes.
7 adj If a company gets repeat business or repeat customers, people who have bought their goods or services before buy them again. (BUSINESS) ADJ n
Nearly 60% of our bookings come from repeat business and personal recommendation.
8 n-count A repeat is a television or radio programme that has been broadcast before.
There's nothing except sport and repeats on TV.
in AM, use re-run
9 If there is a repeat performance of something, usually something undesirable, it happens again.
a repeat performance phrase
(=repeat) This year can only see a repeat performance of the decline.
repeat offender ( repeat offenders plural ) A repeat offender is someone who commits the same sort of crime more than once. n-count
repeat prescription ( repeat prescriptions plural ) A repeat prescription is a prescription for a medicine that you have taken before or that you use regularly.