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[ree-kuh-pich-uh-leyt] /ˌri kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), recapitulated, recapitulating.
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), recapitulated, recapitulating.
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 confused
capitulate, recapitulate.
1. See repeat. Unabridged
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  • There is no need to recapitulate Sir George's services to the State, or to criticize his performances in literature.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • He shook his head and mournfully began to recapitulate the day he had just spent.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • So to recapitulate, after firing the rifle rapid-fire no residues of any nitrate were picked off Mr. Killion's cheek?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • And here let me recapitulate—for there is no harm in repetition.

    Phaedo Plato
  • He sat in silence for some time after making me recapitulate as precisely as possible every detail of Sophy's story.

    Uncanny Tales Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • So that there may be no misunderstandings, I will recapitulate.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • But at present I speak of the bank only as it makes a necessary part in the history of events which I wish now to recapitulate.

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

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Let me recapitulate some of the facts referred to in these letters, and established by the Census of the United States.

  • He had left out the feminine element; obviously he must recapitulate.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for recapitulate


to restate the main points of (an argument, speech, etc); summarize
(transitive) (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
recapitulative, recapitulatory, adjective
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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