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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Bloomberg, citing sources, said FCA withdrew the proposal, but that could not be confirmed. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Renault board postpones vote on FCA merger proposal," 5 June 2019 In explaining why the forecast called for more hurricanes than the April prediction, the report cited two factors. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Are conditions changing to produce more hurricanes this season? Colorado State forecasters think so," 4 June 2019 The startup cited too many projects — and not enough executive focus — as its reason for downsizing. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego blockchain startup XY lays off 40 people, losing half its staff," 4 June 2019 Eight percent of small businesses surveyed by the National Federation of Independent Business in April cited labor costs as their biggest problem, down just slightly from a record high 10% in February. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "It's great that you got a raise, but it just might hurt the stock market and the economy," 4 June 2019 Gary Mudrow, 44, dropped nearly 400 feet from the promontory of Cape Lookout State Park into the ocean Sunday, the Oregon State Police said, citing witness accounts. oregonlive.com, "Cape Lookout State Park paragliding death is the second in two years," 4 June 2019 In addition to speeding, the car’s driver, a Maple Heights man, 28, was cited for driving under suspension, not having a driver’s license, and not wearing a seat belt. cleveland.com, "Drunk man, woman cited for variety of charges after being heard arguing outside of car: Lyndhurst police blotter," 4 June 2019 In brief reports Saturday, state media cited unspecified national agencies as conducting the investigation. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "FedEx Caught in U.S.-China Tensions," 1 June 2019 What fans think: A CountryLiving.com commenter cited more of Chandra's acting accolades, including Emmy nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama series three consecutive years in a row. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Who Will Replace Lori Loughlin on 'When Calls the Heart?' Here Are 6 Popular Theories," 31 Mar. 2019

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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cite

verb

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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