To recap is to briefly explain something by giving just the main points or details. You might write a popular blog in which you recap episodes of your favorite TV shows.

Some shows on television begin with a recap of the previous episode, so viewers can refresh their memories about what's happening in the story so far. A book review is sometimes nothing more than a recap of the plot. And if you miss an important meeting of your Spanish club, the secretary's minutes will recap what was discussed. Recap is a shortened form of recapitulate, "summarize," from the Latin recapitulare, "go over the main points again."

Definitions of recap
  1. verb
    summarize briefly
    synonyms: recapitulate
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    hash over, rehash, retrograde
    go back over
    type of:
    resume, sum up, summarise, summarize
    give a summary (of)
  2. noun
    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
    synonyms: recapitulation, review
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    recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)
    type of:
    a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic
  3. noun
    a used automobile tire that has been remolded to give it new treads
    synonyms: retread
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    type of:
    auto tire, automobile tire, car tire, rubber tire
    a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel
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