Definition of iterate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Perform or utter repeatedly.

    ‘the bird's call is a monotonously iterated single note’
    • ‘If you want, we can start iterating them one by one.’
    • ‘This point about York's and Thursday's ultimate subservience to the army is iterated visually in the same scene.’
    • ‘When she iterated this syllable he whirled round and clamped his hand on her throat.’
    • ‘It rarely failed to mollify, but carried with it the penalty of having to iterate the performance many, many times.’
    • ‘And this iterates a kind of foundation myth of the US.’
    • ‘Well each time we iterate the drawing process, we are adding 4 times as many triangles as before, and each of them is 3 times as small as before.’
    • ‘In a separate statement he iterated the simplicity of treatment of such ‘disabled’ persons with ‘drugs'.’
    • ‘In 1517 Erasmus first iterated a familiar liberal theme; war is unprofitable.’
    • ‘He was merely iterating his fondness for Thurmond and for the old South, and expressing his cherished wish to preserve it.’
    • ‘When management decisions are iterated (in space or time), knowledge gained from one decision can be applied to the next decision.’
    • ‘Yapko iterates the four questions that guide his conceptualization of the client and assessment regarding the direction in which he will proceed.’
    • ‘The simulations were iterated 500 times for each parameter combination.’
    • ‘I have iterated the term ‘story’ of Ray Schmidt to reflect the film's deceptive simplicity.’
    • ‘This refinement process could be iterated a second time to further define the center of the filament.’
    • ‘In 1997, the government iterated a policy encouraging agencies to use incentives ‘to the maximum extent practicable when contracting for services.’’
    • ‘This process is iterated until all maps have been incorporated into the comprehensive map.’
    • ‘These assumptions have been iterated for decades in spite of many contradictory observations and experiments.’
    • ‘A story panel iterated a simplified version of the story I had told that elided any reference to class inequality or the powerlessness of his position.’
    • ‘The song offers no answers, only iterating the closing command: ‘Ride away.’’
    • ‘I merely iterate the reasons Gemayel is an important national leader.’
    repeat, recapitulate, go through again, go over again, run through again, rehearse
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    1. 1.1no object Make repeated use of a mathematical or computational procedure, applying it each time to the result of the previous application; perform iteration.
      • ‘The process is iterated until all putative ortholog sets have been examined.’
      • ‘He then iterates the process to converge on a zero of f.’
      • ‘The remainder of the program iterates through a number of PCM data types, starting with the stream types.’
      • ‘The process is iterated until the classification quality no longer increases.’
      • ‘The searches were initiated with a single query sequence and iterated until convergence.’
      repeat, recapitulate, go through again, go over again, run through again, rehearse
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  • A quantity arrived at by iteration.


Mid 16th century: from Latin iterat- ‘repeated’, from the verb iterare, from iterum ‘again’.