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Reiterate vs Drib – What’s the difference?

Reiterate vs Drib - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between reiterate and drib is that reiterate is to say or do (something) for a second time, such as for emphasis while drib is to cut off; chop off. As a adjective reiterate is reiterated; repeated. As a noun drib is (obsolete) a drop.





  • To say or do (something) for a second time, such as for emphasis.
  • Let me reiterate my opinion.
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  • * Shakespeare
  • You never spoke what did become you less / Than this; which to reiterate were sin.
  • to say or do (something) repeatedly
  • * Milton
  • That with reiterated crimes he might / Heap on himself damnation.

    Usage notes

    Although iterate” and ”reiterate””’ are similar, ”iterate” indicates that the action is performed for each of a set of items, while ””’reiterate indicates a more general repetition.


    * repeat


    (en adjective )

  • Reiterated; repeated.
  • drib


    Etymology 1

    From dialectal English drib (compare also drub), a variant from (etyl) . More at (l).



  • To cut off; chop off.
  • To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
  • To entice step by step.
  • * Dryden
  • With daily lies she dribs thee into cost.
  • To appropriate unlawfully; to embezzle.
  • * Dryden
  • He who drives their bargain dribs a part.
  • (archery) To shoot directly at short range.
  • (archery) To shoot at a mark at short range.
  • (archery) To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
  • (Sir Philip Sidney)
  • To beat; thrash; drub.
  • To scold.
  • To strike another player’s marble when playing from the trigger.
  • Etymology 2

    From a variant of drip.


    (en noun )

  • A drop.
  • (Jonathan Swift)