verb re·cite \ri-ˈsīt\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to repeat from memory or read aloud publicly
a :  to relate in full <recites dull anecdotes>
b :  to give a recital of :  detail <recited a catalog of offenses>
:  to repeat or answer questions about (a lesson)
intransitive verb
:  to repeat or read aloud something memorized or prepared
:  to reply to a teacher's question on a lesson
re·cit·er noun

Examples of RECITE

  1. He recited the poem with great feeling.
  2. He began to recite from the Koran.
  3. He can easily recite all the facts about any player on the team.

Origin 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

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RECITING Defined for Kids


verb re·cite \ri-ˈsīt\

Definition of RECITE for Kids

:  to repeat from memory <Please recite your poem.>
:  to tell about in detail <He recited his experiences.>


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