recapitulate

[ ree-kuh-pich-uh-leyt ]
/ ˌri kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt /
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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.

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Origin of recapitulate

First recorded in 1560–70; from Late Latin recapitulātus (past participle of recapitulāre), equivalent to re-re- + capitulātus;see capitulate

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1. See repeat.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH recapitulate

capitulate, recapitulate
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British Dictionary definitions for recapitulate

recapitulate
/ (ˌriːkəˈpɪtjʊˌleɪt) /

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 forms of recapitulate

recapitulative or recapitulatory, adjective

Word Origin for recapitulate

C16: from Late Latin recapitulāre, literally: to put back under headings; see capitulate
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