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verb (used with object), re·ca·pit·u·lated, re·ca·pit·u·lat·ing.
  1. to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize.
  2. Biology. (of an organism) to repeat (ancestral evolutionary stages) in its development.
  3. Music. to restate (the exposition) in a sonata-form movement.
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verb (used without object), re·ca·pit·u·lated, re·ca·pit·u·lat·ing.
  1. to sum up statements or matters.
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Origin of recapitulate

1560–70; < Late Latin recapitulātus (past participle of recapitulāre), equivalent to re- re- + capitulātus; see capitulate
Can be confusedcapitulate recapitulate

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1. See repeat.
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Related Words for recapitulate

recap, rehash, reiterate, repeat, outline, review, epitomize, rephrase, reword, recount, restate, summarize, paraphrase, replay

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Historical Examples of recapitulate

  • He shook his head and mournfully began to recapitulate the day he had just spent.


    Emile Zola

  • Like Socrates, we may recapitulate the virtues of the philosopher.

  • And here let me recapitulate—for there is no harm in repetition.



  • So that there may be no misunderstandings, I will recapitulate.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was impelled to recapitulate his injunctions; but he forbore.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for recapitulate


  1. to restate the main points of (an argument, speech, etc); summarize
  2. (tr) (of an animal) to repeat (stages of its evolutionary development) during the embryonic stages of its life
  3. to repeat at some point during a piece of music (material used earlier in the same work)
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Derived Formsrecapitulative or recapitulatory, adjective

Word Origin for recapitulate

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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