cite

verb
\ ˈsīt How to pronounce cite (audio) \
cited; citing

Definition of cite

transitive verb

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 support his theory

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Other Words from cite

citable \ ˈsī-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce citable (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for cite

summon, call, cite, convoke, convene, muster mean to demand the presence of. summon implies the exercise of authority. was summoned to answer charges call may be used less formally for summon. called the legislature into special session cite implies a summoning to court usually to answer a charge. cited for drunken driving convoke implies a summons to assemble for deliberative or legislative purposes. convoked a Vatican council convene is somewhat less formal than convoke. convened the students muster suggests a calling up of a number of things that form a group in order that they may be exhibited, displayed, or utilized as a whole. mustered the troops

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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the letter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) cite the surge in Covid-19 cases nationwide as an impetus for quickly crafting another relief bill. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Democrats Seek Pandemic-Aid Talks With McConnell This Week," 17 Nov. 2020 Connecticut school administrators cite staffing shortages and rising COVID-19 case numbers in their local communities as the primary drivers behind the shifts to remote learning. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Connecticut school closures mounting; at least a half-dozen districts cancel in-person classes for remainder of 2020," 16 Nov. 2020 Some ginseng farmers cite Larry Harding as a cautionary tale. Emily Cataneo/undark, Popular Science, "Appalachia’s ginseng goldmine may not last much longer," 9 Nov. 2020 Some ginseng farmers cite Larry Harding as a cautionary tale. Emily Cataneo, Wired, "A Plan to Save Appalachia's Wild Ginseng," 7 Nov. 2020 Among those considering a change, the majority cite child care as the primary reason. Katie Surma, chicagotribune.com, "As the pandemic wears on, more working moms are forced to quit their jobs, and the impact of the ‘shecession’ could be long-lasting," 2 Nov. 2020 All three members cite that gig as instrumental in their mutual decision to leave school behind. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nickel Creek reflects on its 2000, 2002 and 2005 albums: ‘We still haven’t played on ‘Saturday Night Live!’ ‘," 1 Nov. 2020 Most buyers, especially first-timers, cite personal defense of their homes and family as the reason. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "‘I think people are scared’: Gun sales surge in Bay Area, state as pandemic stokes fear and desperation," 23 Oct. 2020 In Wisconsin, many voters are switching over to mail ballots, and those doing so cite coronavirus concerns as the main reason. Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus, Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, "Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin, has edge in Arizona — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll," 19 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of cite

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of cite was in the 15th century

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26 Nov 2020

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“Cite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cite. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for cite

cite

verb
How to pronounce cite (audio)

English Language Learners 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

cite

verb
\ ˈsīt How to pronounce cite (audio) \
cited; citing

Kids Definition of cite

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.
\ ˈsīt How to pronounce cite (audio) \
cited; citing

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

History and Etymology for cite

Latin citare to rouse, call on, summon

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