Definition of “repetition” - English Dictionary

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“repetition” in British English

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repetitionnoun

uk /ˌrep.ɪˈtɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌrep.əˈtɪʃ.ən/

C2 [ U ] the act of doing or saying something again:

His books are full of repetition.

[ C ] something that happens in the same way as something that happened before:

We want to prevent a repetition of last summer's fires, which destroyed more than 500,000 acres of land.

More examples

  • We hope to avoid a repetition of last year's fiasco.
  • We don't want a repetition of yesterday's scenes.
  • The job involved the endless repetition of two or three simple tasks.
  • Try to avoid unnecessary repetition when stating your points.
  • His speeches show a marked preference for repetition, that tedious rhetorical device.

(Definition of “repetition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)