Definitions for recapitulateˌri kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•ca•pit•u•late*ˌri kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize.

  2. to repeat (ancestral evolutionary stages) during embryonic development or during a life cycle.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  3. (v.i.)to sum up statements or matters.

* Syn: See repeat.

Origin of recapitulate:

1560–70; < LL recapitulātus, ptp. of recapitulāre, calque of Gk anakephalaioûn; see re -, capitulate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recapitulate, recap(verb)

    summarize briefly

    "Let's recapitulate the main ideas"

  2. recapitulate(verb)

    repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life

  3. reprise, reprize, repeat, recapitulate(verb)

    repeat an earlier theme of a composition


  1. recapitulate(Verb)

    to summarize or repeat in concise form

    The entire symphony was recapitulated in the last four bars.

  2. recapitulate(Verb)

    to repeat the evolutionary stages of an organism during its embryonic development

    Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.

  3. Origin: From recapitulatus, past participle of recapitulare, from re- + capitulum; see capitulate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recapitulate(verb)

    to repeat, as the principal points in a discourse, argument, or essay; to give a summary of the principal facts, points, or arguments of; to relate in brief; to summarize

  2. Recapitulate(verb)

    to sum up, or enumerate by heads or topics, what has been previously said; to repeat briefly the substance

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