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Reduplicate \Re*du"pli*cate\ (-k?t), v. t. [Cf. LL. reduplicare.]

  1. To redouble; to multiply; to repeat.

  2. (Gram.) To repeat the first letter or letters of (a word). See Reduplication,


Reduplicate \Re*du"pli*cate\ (r?*d?"pl?*k?t), a. [Pref. re- + duplicate: cf. L. reduplicatus. Cf. Redouble.]

  1. Double; doubled; reduplicative; repeated.

  2. (Bot.) Valvate with the margins curved outwardly; -- said of the ?stivation of certain flowers.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from Medieval Latin reduplicatus, past participle of reduplicare "to redouble," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + Latin duplicare "to double" (see duplicate (adj.)). Related: Reduplicated; reduplicating; reduplicative.

  1. 1 doubled 2 (context botany English) valvate with the margins curved outwardly 3 (context botany English) folded, with the abaxial surfaces facing one another v

  2. (context linguistics English) To repeat a word or section of a word in order to form a new word or phrase, possibly with modification of one of the repetitions.

  1. v. form by reduplication; "The consonant reduplicates after a short vowel"; "The morpheme can be reduplicated to emphasize the meaning of the word" [syn: geminate]

  2. make or do or perform again; "He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick" [syn: duplicate, double, repeat, replicate]

Usage examples of "reduplicate".

Sometimes personal messages were forwarded in multiple copies, by regular interstellar couriers, the service sometimes duplicating and reduplicating the message without reading it, and sending copies on to different places, as often happened when the exact location of the addressee was unknown.

City, of thine a single simple door, By some new Power reduplicate, must be Even yet my life-porch in eternity, Even with one presence filled, as once of yore Or mocking winds whirl round a chaff-strown floor Thee and thy years and these my words and me.

It had become petrified by what means none could surmise nor reduplicate in the imitative sacrifices that occurred on anniversaries of the key event.

Vauxhall on the water is of course more Vauxhall than ever, with the good fortune of home-made music, and of a mirror that reduplicates and multiplies.

Toward the end of the final tour it became apparent that our audience wanted more than music, more even than its own reduplicated noise.

It was a blank afternoon, windless and pale, not too cold, the sun hidden, a faint haze obscuring the reduplicated landscape beyond the campus.

Their genes have been shuffled around, mutated, transposed, rearranged, duplicated, reduplicated, and transmuted, and the DNA we now possess bears only the vaguest resemblance to what it was like at the beginning.

If time is given, if the long line can concentrate, if the scattered guns can mass, if lines of defence can be reduplicated behind, then the one great advantage which the attack possesses is thrown away.

Where the highway begins to dominate the landscape, beyond the limits of a large and reduplicating city, near a major point of arrival and departure: this is most likely where it stands.