from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To say or perform again; repeat. synonym: repeat.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb By way of iteration.
  • adjective obsolete Uttered or done again; repeated.
  • transitive verb To utter or do a second time or many times; to repeat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb computing, mathematics to perform or repeat an action on each item in a set or on the results of each such prior action
  • noun mathematics a function that iterates

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

  • verb run or be performed again
  • verb to say, state, or perform again


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

[Latin iterāre, iterāt-, from iterum, again; see i- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin iterō ("I do a second time, repeat"), from iterum ("again"), akin to is ("he, that").


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  • 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 2009

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

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

    July 26, 2008