[verb ree-kap, ree-kap; noun ree-kap]

verb (used with object), re·capped, re·cap·ping.

to recondition (a worn automobile tire) by cementing on a strip of prepared rubber and vulcanizing by subjecting to heat and pressure in a mold.


a recapped tire.

Origin of recap

First recorded in 1935–40; re- + cap1
Related formsre·cap·pa·ble, adjective




verb (used with or without object), re·capped, re·cap·ping.

Origin of recap

First recorded in 1945–50; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recapped

Contemporary Examples of recapped

Historical Examples of recapped

  • Dasinger shrugged resignedly, recapped the tube, and dropped it in his pocket.

    The Star Hyacinths

    James H. Schmitz

  • And while the Prince read, he recapped the button, and restored it in place.

  • Slowly she picked up the nearly empty jar on the floor and recapped it.

    Adolescents Only

    Irving E. Cox

British Dictionary definitions for recapped


verb (ˈriːˌkæp, riːˈkæp) -caps, -capping or -capped

informal short for recapitulate

noun (ˈriːˌkæp)

Australian and NZ another name for retread
Derived Formsrecappable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for recapped



1856, "put a cap on again," from re- + cap (n.). Specific sense "put a strip of rubber on the tread of a tire" is 1920s. As a shortened form of recapitulate, it dates from 1920s. Related: Recapped; recapping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper