Recapitulate definitions

rē'kə-pĭch'ə-lāt'
To repeat in concise form.
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To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
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To make a summary.
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To repeat in concise form; summarize.
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To appear to repeat the evolutionary stages of the species during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
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To repeat briefly, as in an outline; summarize.
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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 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

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.