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
3a : to refer to; especially : to mention formally in commendation or praise She was cited for bravery.b : to name in a citation cited by the trustees for his work in public health
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 cited several studies that suppport his theory
citableplay \ˈsī-tə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of cite from the Web
More than 20 women spoke, The Guardian reports, citing catcalling and being dismissed by male superiors among several pervasive issues.
Legally, the administration justified its delay by citing a pending legal challenge to the rule from a California association of for-profit colleges.
States have different rules regarding what information can be made public, and many states have agreed to provide some information, but not other data, citing those restrictions.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, who is expected to raise interest rates next week, has been citing the synchronized nature of global growth as a major positive for the recovery.
Before the year started, some village officials were wanting to see the bridge be replaced, citing recent reports from inspectors with the Illinois Department of Transportation who have called the bridge design obsolete.
This month, C.M.S. expelled the Hagerstown nursing home from Medicare and Medicaid after citing it for more violations.
There are two main health issues usually cited when talking about aluminum fears: Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.
In Feb. 2017, the couple is off again with reports citing Chyna’s intolerance towards Kardashian’s insecurities and depression as the main reason for the split.
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cite, sight, and site
The three homophones cite, sight, and site are occasionally confused by some people when used as nouns (sight and site) or as verbs (all three words). They needn’t cause trouble: with a little thought, most people who struggle with them can settle upon the correct choice.
Cite is most often encountered in the sense of “to name in a citation”; it may also mean “to mention as an example” or “to order to appear in a court of law.“
Most of the senses of sight are concerned with the act or action of seeing. A wonderful spectacle might be described as a sight, as might the general capacity to see anything (“my sight is not as good as it once was”).
Site is most often concerned with location; it is related to the verb situate "to locate" and situation "a position." A building site is the place where the building is, or will be, located. In contemporary English, site has increasingly been used as a shortened form of website, for the location of a specific page on the Internet.
If you connect citation with cite, eyesight with sight, and situate with site, you are unlikely to make an error.
Synonym Discussion of cite
CITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cite for English Language Learners
: 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
CITE Defined for Kids
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 and Etymology of cite
Latin citare to rouse, call on, summon
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