re·​ca·​pit·​u·​late | \ ˌrē-kə-ˈpi-chə-ˌlāt How to pronounce recapitulate (audio) \
recapitulated; recapitulating

Definition of recapitulate

transitive verb

1a : to restate briefly : summarize
b : to give new form or expression to
2 : to repeat the principal stages or phases of the view that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny

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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.

Examples of recapitulate in a Sentence

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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But, recapitulating his problem from four years ago, the lack of enthusiasm for a Biden presidency from Obama’s inner circle is palpable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 Simulated fishing This new analysis recapitulated previous findings from 1992: older, larger cod were found in deeper, cooler waters. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ecological “law” turns out to just be the result of us fishing," 8 June 2018 The Court’s decision does more than recapitulate some of the worst opinions of our constitutional history. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The travel ban decision echoes of some of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history," 26 June 2018 To recapitulate: the party that controls the White House almost always loses House seats in midterm elections. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "What the Midterms Would Look Like If Clinton Had Won," 1 May 2018 As Noah Bierman and Cathy Decker wrote, Trump's approach to guns may recapitulate his experience with immigration — floating ideas with bipartisan appeal only to pull them back when conservatives objected. David Lauter,, "Trump takes six positions on gun control: Why that matters," 2 Mar. 2018 These cells live and interact in a solution, recapitulating many unique features of human brain development. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Getting to the Root of the Problem: Stem Cells Are Revealing New Secrets about Mental Illness," 27 Feb. 2018 In the mice that recapitulate MS, testosterone influences the behavior of mast cells in the lymph nodes, central nervous system, and lining of the brain. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Testosterone may protect men from autoimmune diseases," 2 Feb. 2018 Pirro, at that point four years into hosting Justice with Judge Jeanine, had appeared on the HBO show to recapitulate her case against the accused. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro embodies a kindergartener’s idea of justice. No wonder the president loves her.," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of recapitulate

1556, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of recapitulate was in 1556

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English Language Learners Definition of recapitulate

formal : to give a brief summary of something

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