AskDefine | Define recapitulate

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1 summarize briefly; "Let's recapitulate the main ideas" [syn: recap]
2 repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life
3 repeat an earlier theme of a composition [syn: reprise, reprize, repeat]

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  • /riːkəˈpɪtʃʊleɪt/


  1. to summarize or repeat in concise form
    The entire symphony was recapitulated in the last four bars.
  2. to repeat the evolutionary stages of an organism during its embryonic development
    ''Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.



to summarize or repeat in concise form
to repeat the evolutionary stages of an organism during its embryonic development

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The word recapitulation can mean:

See also

recapitulate in Bulgarian: Рекапитулация

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