Etymology
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recap (v.)

1856, "put a cap again on" something, originally typically a cartridge, from re- "again" + cap (v.). The specific sense of "put a strip of rubber on the tread of a tire" is from 1920s; hence, as a noun, "a recapped auto tire" (1939). As a shortened form of recapitulate (v.), it dates from 1920s. Related: Recapped; recapping.

updated on May 18, 2021

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Definitions of recap from WordNet
1
recap (n.)
a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion;
Synonyms: recapitulation / review
recap (n.)
a used automobile tire that has been remolded to give it new treads;
Synonyms: retread
2
recap (v.)
summarize briefly;
Synonyms: recapitulate
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.