What does recapitulate mean?

Definitions for recapitulateˌri kəˈpɪtʃ əˌleɪt

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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

  3. Origin: [L. recapitulare, recapitulatum; pref. re- re- + capitulum a small head, chapter, section. See Capitulate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recapitulate

    rē-ka-pit′ū-lāt, v.t. to go over again the chief points of anything.—n. Recapitūlā′tion, act of recapitulating: a summary of the main points of a preceding speech, treatise, &c.—adjs. Recapit′ūlātive; Recapit′ūlātory, repeating again: containing a recapitulation. [L. recapitulāre, -ātumre-, again, capitulum—caput, head.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recapitulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recapitulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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