verb (used with object), re·capped, re·cap·ping.

  1. to recondition (a worn automobile tire) by cementing on a strip of prepared rubber and vulcanizing by subjecting to heat and pressure in a mold.


  1. a recapped tire.


  1. a recapitulation.

verb (used with or without object), re·capped, re·cap·ping.

  1. to recapitulate.

verb (ˈriːˌkæp, riːˈkæp) -caps, -capping or -capped

  1. informal short for recapitulate

noun (ˈriːˌkæp)

  1. informal recapitulation
  2. Australian and NZ another name for retread

1856, “put a cap on again,” from re- + cap (n.). Specific sense “put a strip of rubber on the tread of a tire” is 1920s. As a shortened form of recapitulate, it dates from 1920s. Related: Recapped; recapping.

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