transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to redouble, double, or repeat
- to double (a root syllable or other element) so as to form an inflected or derived form of a word (as tom-tom), sometimes with certain changes, as of the vowel (as in chitchat)
- to form (words) by such doubling
Origin of reduplicatefrom Late Latin reduplicatus, past participle of reduplicare: see re- and duplicate
- reduplicated; doubled
- valvate (sense )
verbre·du·pli·cat·ed, re·du·pli·cat·ing, re·du·pli·cates
- To repeat over and again; redouble.
- Linguistics a. To double (the initial syllable or all of a root word) to produce an inflectional or derivational form.b. To form (a new word) by doubling all or part of a word.
Origin of reduplicateLate Latin reduplicāre reduplicāt-Latin re- re- Latin duplicāre to duplicate ; see duplicate .
(comparative more reduplicate, superlative most reduplicate)
(third-person singular simple present reduplicates, present participle reduplicating, simple past and past participle reduplicated)