recapitulate

[ree-kuh-pich-uh-leyt]

verb (used with object), re·ca·pit·u·lated, re·ca·pit·u·lat·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), re·ca·pit·u·lated, re·ca·pit·u·lat·ing.

to sum up statements or matters.

Origin of recapitulate

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

Synonyms for recapitulate

1. See repeat.
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recapitulate

verb

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)
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
v.

1560s, back-formation from recapitulation and also from Late Latin recapitulatus, past participle of recapitulare. Related: Recapitulated; recapitulating.

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