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recapitulate

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verb, re·ca·pit·u·late \ˌrē-kə-ˈpi-chə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of recapitulate

  • : to give a brief summary of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of recapitulate

recapitulatedrecapitulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to restate briefly :  summarize b :  to give new form or expression to

  3. 2 :  to repeat the principal stages or phases of <the view that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  sum up

Examples of recapitulate in a sentence

  1. To recapitulate what was said earlier, we need to develop new ways to gain customers.

  2. We understood your point, there's no need to recapitulate.



Origin of recapitulate

Late Latin recapitulatus, past participle of recapitulare to restate by heads, sum up, from Latin re- + capitulum division of a book — more at chapter


First Known Use: 1556



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