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More rarely, recapitulate can reference repeating something as to repeat an earlier theme of a composition or to repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life.
  • She recapitulated the motives which no doubt explained Robert's reserve.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • He began the story as they rode to town and finished it as they sat on the veranda of Stevens' home, and there recapitulated.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • For it dawns like any other day and passes in the same wise, recapitulating the history of the world.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He gave me a pecking, recapitulating kiss, his black beard thrust at me like a shoe.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He began to recapitulate his feelings about Miss Quested.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Dick hesitated on the verge of the truth, swung away to give himself space within which to recapitulate.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He recapitulated the statements which Becky had made, pointed out the probabilities of their truth, and asserted his own firm belief in her innocence.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But let me recapitulate for you.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • I tend to recapitulate phylogeny every morning.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • He recapitulated the Wennerström affair and explained that Blomkvist had left Millennium in disgrace and that he had recently served a prison term.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He lay back on the sponge-rubber couch and recapitulated his plans.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Now, let me recapitulate your request, your demand, as it were-
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • First, I interviewed the domestics, and with their aid, I recapitulated the evening.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • I recapitulate the substance of this chapter in a few words: The existence of democracies is threatened by two dangers, viz.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Tolstoy then recapitulates in a few paragraphs the theory of art which he had expressed at greater length elsewhere.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • The convention recapitulates the career of the poems themselves, which passed into later European literature via Latin epic traditions.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Now may I recapitulate: He reported the Spaniard's conversation to you, informed on the Spaniard's tour of the North Country, warned against a possible rebellion there.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • If you will allow me to recapitulate, it was like this: when you parted, you were as magnanimous as could possibly be; you were ready to give her everything—freedom, divorce even.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And with Clyde deciding in his own mind as he sat between Belknap and Jephson, that no jury such as this was likely to acquit him in the face of evidence so artfully and movingly recapitulated.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Though these positions have been elsewhere fully stated, they will perhaps not be improperly recapitulated in this place, as introductory to an examination of what may have been offered by way of objection to them.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers

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