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rite

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noun \ˈrīt\

Simple Definition of rite

  • : an act that is part of a usually religious ceremony

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rite

  1. 1 a :  a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony b :  the ceremonial practices of a church or group of churches

  2. 2 :  a ceremonial act or action <initiation rites>

  3. 3 :  a division of the Christian church using a distinctive liturgy

Examples of rite in a sentence

  1. Incense is often burned in their religious rites.

  2. <the annual summer rite of loading up the car for the big family vacation>



Origin and Etymology of rite

Middle English, from Latin ritus; akin to Greek arithmos number — more at arithmetic


First Known Use: 14th century



RITE Defined for Kids

rite

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noun \ˈrīt\

Definition of rite for Students

  1. :  an act performed in a ceremony





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