from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To repeat in concise form.
- transitive v. Biology To appear to repeat (the evolutionary stages of the species) during the embryonic development of the individual organism.
- intransitive v. To make a summary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to summarize or repeat in concise form
- v. to repeat the evolutionary stages of an organism during its embryonic development
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To sum up, or enumerate by heads or topics, what has been previously said; to repeat briefly the substance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To repeat, as the principal things mentioned in a preceding discourse, argument, or essay; give a summary of the principal facts, points, or arguments of; mention or relate in brief.
- Synonyms Recapitulate, Repeat, Recite, Rehearse, Reiterate. Recapitulate is a precise word, applying to the formal or exact naming of points that have been with some exactness named before: as, it is often well after an extended argument, to recapitulate the heads. In this it differs from repeat, recite, rehears, which are freer in their use. To reiterate is to say a thing a second time or oftener.
- To repeat in brief what has already been said.
- In biology, to repeat ancestral evolutionary stages: said of young animals in their early development.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. repeat an earlier theme of a composition
- v. repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life
- v. summarize briefly
Latin recapitulāre, recapitulāt- : re-, re- + capitulum, main point, heading, diminutive of caput, capit-, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)