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noun (1)

re·​cap ˈrē-ˌkap How to pronounce recap (audio)


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verb (1)

re·​cap ˈrē-ˌkap How to pronounce recap (audio)
recapped; recapping


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noun (2)

re·​cap ˈrē-ˌkap How to pronounce recap (audio)


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verb (2)

re·​cap (ˌ)rē-ˈkap How to pronounce recap (audio)
recapped; recapping
recappable adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Below is our weekly Saturday Six, a recap of half a dozen news stories — in no particular order — ranging from the heartfelt to the weird to the tragic, and everything in between. Camille C. Knox, CBS News, 3 Mar. 2023 Writing a cogent biography of an actor or filmmaker can be both an extensive research project and an exercise in restraint; producing a clear recap of a show or movie is a core job responsibility of today’s magazine culture writers. WIRED, 21 Feb. 2023 See Billboard‘s full recap of Bebe Rexha’s album listening party above. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2023 After a break, the broadcast started back up with Benetti at the table alone, trying to provide a recap of the action so far. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2023 Senator Klobuchar caught up with Variety on the hearing late Wednesday afternoon; our detailed recap of Tuesday’s hearing can be found here. Jem Aswad, Variety, 25 Jan. 2023 Joking that her group of friends should be cast for The Real Housewives of Cabo, the 29-year-old shared a recap on Instagram. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 21 Jan. 2023 Watch our recap for a taste of what DroneClash is all about. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2023 Just a really quick recap here, because this acronym is getting pretty out of date these days. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022
To recap: On March 8, Silicon Valley Bank of Santa Clara, Calif., announced that its balance sheet was weak. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 18 Mar. 2023 But that also gave Kimmel space to recap the awards show from the closest vantage point possible — including the Jenny the Donkey controversy. Vulture, 17 Mar. 2023 So where will general manager Ryaa Poles turn his attention next? Poles will meet with reporters Thursday at Halas Hall to recap the flurry of activity from the past week while also keeping an eye on what’s still to come. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 15 Mar. 2023 To briefly recap: Justin and Hailey, who publicly dated in 2016, originally began talking again as friends in December 2017 after a year of not speaking to each other...while Justin was dating Selena. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 13 Mar. 2023 To quickly recap, during season 2, the housewives were heading to Vail, Colorado, when police arrived looking for Jen Shah, who was arrested for her role in a telemarketing scam. Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 25 Jan. 2023 Then the host goes on to recap the Doctor Strange 2 rumor, prompting a hilarious reaction from the actor. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Dec. 2022 Just to recap, these are the 6 best CBD oils for digestive issues to choose from: 4. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 To recap the year, Spotify updated the EQUAL Global Playlist to the Top Artists of EQUAL Global 2022. Quincy Green, Billboard, 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

by shortening

Verb (2) and Noun (2)

re- + cap entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1945, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1940, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recap was circa 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Recap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 4 verb
re·​cap ˈrē-ˌkap How to pronounce recap (audio)
recapped; recapping
: recapitulate
now, to recap the news


2 of 4 noun
re·​cap ˈrē-ˌkap How to pronounce recap (audio)
: a brief summary : recapitulation


3 of 4 verb
re·​cap (ˈ)rē-ˈkap How to pronounce recap (audio)
recapped; recapping


4 of 4 noun
re·​cap ˈrē-ˌkap How to pronounce recap (audio)
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