Definition of recapitulate
- the view that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny
To recapitulate what was said earlier, we need to develop new ways to gain customers.
We understood your point, there's no need to recapitulate.
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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.
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