[ ree-kuh-pich-uh-leyt ]
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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.

  1. 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.
  1. to sum up statements or matters.

Origin of recapitulate

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

synonym study For recapitulate

1. See repeat.

Words that may be confused with recapitulate

Words Nearby recapitulate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use recapitulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recapitulate


/ (ˌriːkəˈpɪtjʊˌleɪt) /

  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

  1. to repeat at some point during a piece of music (material used earlier in the same work)

Origin of recapitulate

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

Derived forms of recapitulate

  • recapitulative or recapitulatory, adjective

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