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Definition of "reduplicate" [re•du•pli•cate]

  • To repeat over and again; redouble. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To double (the initial syllable or all of a root word) to produce an inflectional or derivational form. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To form (a new word) by doubling all or part of a word. (verb-transitive)
  • To be doubled. (verb-intransitive)
  • Doubled. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reduplicate" in a sentence
  • "At that point, it would be perfectly understandable that some dialects would adopt a new form like *ōl-ōl- or something similar simply because /l/ was the only consonant left to reduplicate."
  • "As Baudrillard would have seen it, neither Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Gonzalez or their cronies would have had to imitate or reduplicate or parody what they wanted to hide."
  • "I won't try to reduplicate his work, but let me just throw one quote at you from Ian Fishback."