Recapitulate Definition

recapitulated, recapitulates, recapitulating
recapitulated, recapitulates, recapitulating
To repeat briefly, as in an outline; summarize.
Webster's New World
To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
American Heritage
To make a summary.
American Heritage

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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