- to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize.
- Biology. (of an organism) to repeat (ancestral evolutionary stages) in its development.
- Music. to restate (the exposition) in a sonata-form movement.
- to sum up statements or matters.
Origin of recapitulate
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1. See repeat.
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Examples from the Web for recapitulate
He shook his head and mournfully began to recapitulate the day he had just spent.Fruitfulness
Like Socrates, we may recapitulate the virtues of the philosopher.The Republic
And here let me recapitulate—for there is no harm in repetition.Phaedo
So that there may be no misunderstandings, I will recapitulate.Captain Blood
He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.The Lion's Skin
- to restate the main points of (an argument, speech, etc); summarize
- (tr) (of an animal) to repeat (stages of its evolutionary development) during the embryonic stages of its life
- to repeat at some point during a piece of music (material used earlier in the same work)
C16: from Late Latin recapitulāre, literally: to put back under headings; see capitulate
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Word Origin and History for recapitulate
1560s, back-formation from recapitulation and also from Late Latin recapitulatus, past participle of recapitulare. Related: Recapitulated; recapitulating.
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