September 16, 2016
recapitulate (verb)
\ree-kuh-PICH-uh-layt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to give a brief summary : summarize
How do you use it?
"Your homework assignment is to recapitulate the main events in the story," Mr. Jackson told us.
Are you a word wiz?

"Recapitulate" stems from the Latin word "capitulum." What do you think "capitulum" means?

In summary, C is the right answer! "Recapitulate" is ultimately derived from the Latin prefix "re-," meaning "again," and "capitulum," meaning "chapter." "Capitulum" itself comes from the Latin word "caput," meaning "head," and was used in the Middle Ages for the divisions in a book, usually marked with a different heading for each chapter. "Capitulum" has given English "recapitulate," "capitulate" (meaning "to negotiate" or "to agree to"), and, naturally, "chapter."
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