PRONUNCIATION: ree-kuh-PICH-uh-layt)

MEANING: verb tr., intr.: To recap or to repeat.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin recapitulare (to sum up), re- (again) + capitulare (to draw up under headings), from capitulum (little head, chapter), from caput (head). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kaput- (head), also the origin of head, captain, chef, chapter, cadet, cattle, chattel, achieve, biceps, mischief, and occiput. Earliest documented use: 1551.


PRECAPITULATE - the fix is in

RECAPITULANTE - throw good money after bad; keep playing Poker when you're deep on the hole

REDCAPITULATE - the Baggage-Handlers' Union has agreed to a new contract