A recapitulation is a short summary. At the end of an hour-long speech, you should probably give a recapitulation if you want your audience to remember anything you’ve just said.

A recapitulation, or “recap,” is a summary, review, or restatement. The purpose of a recapitulation is to remind your reader or audience of your main points. There’s no new information in a recapitulation, just the same information in a smaller, more condensed form. The prefix re- is a signal that a recapitulation involves repeating something.

Definitions of recapitulation
  1. noun

    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion

    recap, review
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    recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)
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    a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic

  2. noun

    emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species

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    caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, kainogenesis, kenogenesis

    introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution)
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    development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

    (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

  3. noun

    (music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when one is composing the final part of a movement)

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    composing, composition

    musical creation

  4. noun

    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated

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    section, subdivision

    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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