Recapitulate definition

rēkə-pĭchə-lāt
To repeat in concise form.
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To make a summary.
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To repeat briefly, as in an outline; summarize.
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(biology) To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
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(biology) To appear to repeat the evolutionary stages of the species during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
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To recapitulate is to restate or briefly summarize what you have said or the information presented.

When you give a long speech about global warming and you sum it up at the end with just a sentence or two, that last sentence or two is an example of when you recapitulate the information you presented.

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To repeat in concise form; summarize.
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To summarize or repeat in concise form.

The entire symphony was recapitulated in the last four bars.

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To repeat the evolutionary stages of an organism during its embryonic development.

Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.

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Origin of recapitulate

  • Latin recapitulāre recapitulāt- re- re- capitulum main point, heading diminutive of caput capit- head kaput- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin recapitulatus, past participle of recapitulare (“to go over the main points of a thing again"), from Latin re- (“again") + capitulum (“a head, main part, chapter"); see capitulate.

    From Wiktionary