Simple Definition of recite
: to read (something) out loud or say (something) from memory usually for an audience
: to say or describe (a series or list of things)
Full Definition of recite
1 : to repeat from memory or read aloud publicly
3 : to repeat or answer questions about (a lesson)
1 : to repeat or read aloud something memorized or prepared
2 : to reply to a teacher's question on a lesson
Examples of recite in a sentence
He recited the poem with great feeling.
He began to recite from the Koran.
He can easily recite all the facts about any player on the team.
Origin and Etymology of recite
Middle English, to relate, state, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reciter, from Latin recitare to recite, from re- + citare to summon — more at cite
First Known Use: 15th century
RECITE Defined for Kids
Definition of recite for Students
1 : to repeat from memory <Please recite your poem.>
2 : to tell about in detail <He recited his experiences.>
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