Definition of recap in English:

recap

Pronunciation /ˈriːkap//riːˈkap/

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /ˈriːkap//riːˈkap/
  • State again as a summary; recapitulate.

    ‘a way of recapping the story so far’
    no object ‘to recap, the committee has decided to ask Farris, Cullen, and Jurgens to go’
    • ‘My son recapped the episode to his mother who doesn't watch the show.’
    • ‘Just the day before the child had spent nearly four taxing hours at the Criminal Investigations Department recapping the whole sordid affair.’
    • ‘The case, for anyone still unfamiliar with it, can be soon recapped.’
    • ‘Is no one able to relate a story without recapping the year that came before it?’
    • ‘John paced around the office, recapping the recent events.’
    • ‘He was recapping the details of the story he'd been writing.’
    • ‘In late December, lots of news sources supplement their year-end coverage with stories recapping the news of the year.’
    • ‘‘I guess there'd be no point in recapping everything, then,’ coughed Oskar.’
    • ‘With some hesitation, Cassandra recapped her story for Major Lee: her abilities, her visions, her past, how she had met up with us… Everything.’
    • ‘The review recaps work carried out in key areas like housing, transport and schools since the paper was first launched in 2001.’
    • ‘CNN was recapping the war news that I am sure I read in this morning's papers.’
    • ‘In recapping these observations then, I've found there is an optimum time to teach children the letter sounds, the basic code needed for reading.’
    • ‘I don't usually watch this soap but on Monday the characters very neatly recapped the last two years of their lives and allowed me to enjoy the high drama without having invested anything at all.’
    • ‘To recap: the union passed a law in June that forces mobile phone companies to slash highly-lucrative roaming fees.’
    • ‘The poem begins with a summary, recapping the most noble of mythical events that have passed throughout the ages of man, bringing civilization into existence and to the point where the story is about to be told.’
    • ‘He began recapping a murder trial he had just testified at.’
    • ‘They recapped the story of their day to the others and they had a mini party to celebrate Jamie's 18th birthday.’
    • ‘Several employees who witnessed the murder also stayed at home yesterday as the entire community continued recapping the graphic murder, which took place in front of six people on Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘Then Walter Cronkite, in his gray suit, recapped it all on the nightly news.’
    • ‘Using charts, maps and archive video clips, deputy prosecutor Nice recapped Milosevic's rise to power in the late '80s and early '90s.’
    summarize, sum up
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noun

Pronunciation /ˈriːkap/
  • A summary of what has been said; a recapitulation.

    ‘a quick recap of the idea and its main advantages’
    • ‘Maybe a recap of non-democratic regimes on this planet is in order.’
    • ‘Both the BBC and CNN International have recaps of the French media response, and they were not good.’
    • ‘Do you reckon they'd let me write the recaps on the official site if I apply for the gig next year?’
    • ‘Is it strange that I only read movie reviews after I've seen a film, and only read recaps of television shows that I've already watched?’
    • ‘If you've been watching the show, or reading the recaps, you'll know that there's a new family in town.’
    • ‘Most obviously, it implies that we are dishonest; also, it implies that we must be none too smart, since every new term begins with recaps from our profs on the dangers of plagiarism, uncited references and double submissions.’
    • ‘I've got some scrawled notes I took while watching the show, which I will turn into something resembling a recap tomorrow.’
    • ‘For those of you who don't know the full story of Katie and Tom, here's a quick recap.’
    • ‘But a quick recap at the end can go a long way toward ensuring that everyone understands.’
    • ‘Here's a quick recap of the six tests used to select the companies.’
    • ‘And if you're wondering why I know so much about a show I barely watch, it's because I read the recaps at one of my favorite websites, Television Without Pity.’
    • ‘So I missed the speech, but in reading through the recaps and critiques on the news sites, I most likely didn't miss much.’
    • ‘I consult the episode guide and read the recaps.’
    • ‘It seems you can't have a respectable blog these days unless you can make your own comic strips or do funny recaps of TV shows.’
    • ‘So all you people who just read these recaps so that you don't have to actually watch the show, think about that.’
    • ‘We'll go to the White House right after a short recap of the news.’
    • ‘There were no recaps, no synopses of what had gone on before.’
    • ‘I'll give you a quick recap of the events since we landed on the glacier on the 11th.’
    synopsis, precis, résumé, abstract, abridgement, digest, compendium, condensation, encapsulation, abbreviated version
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Origin

1950s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

recap

Verb/ˈriːkap//riːˈkap/

recap

Noun/ˈriːkap/