Definition of reduplicate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Repeat or copy so as to form another of the same kind.

    ‘the upper parts of the harmony may be reduplicated at the octave above’
    • ‘This way, you can reduplicate the blend if you ever need to.’
    • ‘When you find that perfect blend, you want to be able to reduplicate it, and it's near impossible if you didn't take notes!’
    • ‘Words like that are called reduplicates and some of my favorites (found here, scroll down to the bottom) include dilly-dally, fuddy-duddy, higgledy-piggledy, hurly-burly, and namby-pamby.’
    • ‘The above General Terms and Conditions were not reduplicated in the revised 4 vessel policy; but the case has been argued on the basis that they are properly incorporated.’
    • ‘Of course it was kind of hard to reduplicate it, it's not like a formula, you know something that happens to you.’
    1. 1.1 Repeat (a syllable or other linguistic element) exactly or with a slight change (e.g. hurly-burly, see-saw).
      • ‘An earlier paper had suggested that the phenomenon of transforming items by moving or reduplicating words might be connected with reactions to incongruity.’
      • ‘In two cases English words derive from Latin words in which the infinitive ends in atare and in which the at - is therefore reduplicated in the supine; they are dilatare, to spread out, and natare, to swim.’
      • ‘Then somehow the bye-part was reduplicated and the less formal version bye-bye was formed - don't ask me why, that's the part I couldn't figure out.’
      • ‘Rumah ‘house’, buku ‘book’, and ikan ‘fish’ are among those that can be reduplicated; air ‘water’, nasi ‘rice’, and gula ‘sugar’ cannot be reduplicated.’


Late 16th century: from late Latin reduplicat- ‘doubled again’, from the verb reduplicare, from re- ‘again’ + duplicare (see duplicate).