Simple Definition of cite
: to write or say the words of (a book, author, etc.)
: to mention (something) especially as an example or to support an idea or opinion
law : to order (someone) to appear before a court of law
Full Definition of cite
1 : to call upon officially or authoritatively to appear (as before a court)
2 : to quote by way of example, authority, or proof <cites several noteworthy authors>
3 a : to refer to; especially : to mention formally in commendation or praise b : to name in a citation
4 : to bring forward or call to another's attention especially as an example, proof, or precedent <cited the weather as a reason for canceling the picnic>
Examples of cite in a sentence
The article cites several experts on the subject.
The museum had often been cited as an example of successful fund-raising.
He cited evidence suggesting she was in the area when the crime was committed.
She was cited for reckless driving.
Origin of cite
Middle English, from Anglo-French citer to cite, summon, from Latin citare to put in motion, rouse, summon, from frequentative of ciēre to stir, move — more at -kinesis
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of cite
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Definition of cite for Students
1 : to order to appear in court <She was cited for reckless driving.>
2 : to quote as an example, authority, or proof <He cites several experts in his report.>
3 : to refer to especially in praise <The school was cited as a model for others.>
Legal Definition of cite
1 : to demand the appearance of in court : serve with a citation <had been cited for contempt> <you are hereby cited to show cause in the Probate Court>
2 : to quote or refer to as a precedent or authority <the plaintiff cites several cases for the proposition>
Origin of cite
Latin citare to rouse, call on, summon
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