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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

recapitulated

recapitulating

  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.



Did You Know?

Capitulation originally meant the organizing of material under headings. So recapitulation usually involves the gathering of the main ideas in a brief summary. But a recapitulation may be a complete restatement as well. In many pieces of classical music, the recapitulation, or recap, is the long final section of a movement, where the earlier music is restated in the main key.

Origin and Etymology 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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