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Definition of "recapitulate" [re•ca•pit•u•late]

  • To repeat in concise form. (verb-transitive)
  • Biology To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a summary. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recapitulate" in a sentence
  • "Most first generation immigrants will be able to understand more English than you think, but for them to process it and recapitulate, that is more than they are willing to do, it is just plain hard!"
  • "We have thus been able to largely recapitulate several centuries of painstaking manual labor with our automated method, the Israeli team announced in a paper presented last week in Portland, Oregon, at the annual conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics."
  • "Any state-level insurance efforts will recapitulate that pattern."