Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To say or perform again; repeat. See Synonyms at repeat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to perform or repeat an action on each item in a set or on the results of each such prior action
  • n. a function that iterates

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Uttered or done again; repeated.
  • adv. By way of iteration.
  • transitive v. To utter or do a second time or many times; to repeat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter or do again; repeat: as, to iterate an advice or a demand.
  • Repeated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. run or be performed again
  • v. to say, state, or perform again

Etymologies

Latin iterāre, iterāt-, from iterum, again; see i- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin iterō ("I do a second time, repeat"), from iterum ("again"), akin to is ("he, that"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Theoretically what you say may be partly true, but the key point, which I iterate, is that it is not the individual borrowers, even most of the sub-prime borrowers, who have defaulted.

    Bush Team Seeks Dictatorial Financial Powers « Antiwar.com Blog

  • We want to take our time and experiment and iterate, which is exactly what we've done with the product, which is why we've had success.

    San Jose Mercury News podcasts (all)

  • Each tab keeps its own issue selection, which allows you to "iterate" through different query results at the same time.

    Softpedia - Windows - All

  • In a later podcast, Cutts said that while Buzz perhaps needed more testing, rapid deployment allowed Google to get rapid feedback on Buzz and "iterate" quickly and "try out a lot of different things" (see latter half of clip above).

    Gawker

  • Our version of this rule is "iterate": once you've followed the "be crappy" rule, it's time to create new & better versions, all the time.

    Alexandra Samuel

  • Danny Huynh, Associate Search Director at Razorfish, has this to say about the tool: We see the display ad builder as a great creative sandbox, allowing us to us to quickly test and iterate with new ad formats and capabilities that simple text ads can't offer.

    New templates for coupon display ads, as used by Razorfish

  • So, just to re-iterate: Tim F., you are doing the work of our better angels here, and I thank you.

    Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Call Me, Call Me Anytime

  • Joan and David -- partners, Tudor began to iterate and reiterate in a malicious and scornful chant.

    Chapter 26

  • I must iterate that I had this thought in the midst of my dreaming, and I take it as an evidence of the merging of my two personalities, as evidence of a point of contact between the two disassociated parts of me.

    CHAPTER II

  • So fail frequently but fail small; and iterate quickly.

    Ramon Nuez: Listening to Nick Pudar at the Business Genome, in NYC

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  • It's always been a verb, and has a perfectly natural place in the world of applied mathematics and computer programming.

    July 26, 2008

  • Since when is this a verb? It's more corporate-speak that I hate. Recent usage: "We need to iterate this problem."

    July 26, 2008