reduplicate[ri do̵̅o̅′plə kāt′, -dyo̵̅o̅′-; for adj. & n., usually, -kit]
- 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: from Late Latin reduplicatus, past participle of reduplicare: see re- and amp; duplicate
- reduplicated; doubled
- valvate (sense )
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verb re·du·pli·cat·ed, re·du·pli·cat·ing, re·du·pli·cates verb, transitive
- 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: Late Latin reduplicāre, reduplicāt- : Latin re-, re- + Latin duplicāre, to duplicate; see duplicate.