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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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Of course it was kind of hard to reduplicate it, it's not like a formula, you know something that happens to you.’
- ‘This way, you can reduplicate the blend if you ever need to.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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!’
- 1.1 Repeat (a syllable or other linguistic element) exactly or with a slight change (e.g. hurly-burly, see-saw)
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).
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