recapitulate

To recapitulate means to go back and summarize. At the end of an oral report, you might say, "So, to recapitulate, I've made three points," and then you name them.

Recapitulate is a long, scary-looking word that actually means something simple and easy. It comes from the Latin re- "again" and capitulum "chapter," which comes from the word caput "head." Think of recapitulating––or recapping, for short––as putting nice little caps on all the bottles you've opened up––tightening everything up.

Primary Meanings of recapitulate

1.
v
summarize briefly
2.
v
repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life
Full Definitions of recapitulate
1

v summarize briefly

“Let's recapitulate the main ideas”
Synonyms:
recap
Types:
hash over, rehash, retrograde
go back over
Type of:
resume, sum up, summarise, summarize
give a summary (of)
2

v repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life

Type of:
double, duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate
make or do or perform again

v repeat an earlier theme of a composition

Synonyms:
repeat, reprise, reprize
Type of:
play, spiel
replay (as a melody)