rec·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce recitation (audio) \

Definition of recitation

1 : the act of enumerating a recitation of relevant details
2 : the act or an instance of reading or repeating aloud especially publicly
3a : a student's oral reply to questions
b : a class period especially in association with and for review of a lecture

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After sitting through a week-and-a-half of evidence and testimony — ranging from dramatic re-enactments to numbing recitations of experts’ qualifications — the jury deliberated for about 3 ½ hours before reaching a verdict. Dan Hinkel,, "Conflicting answer in special interrogatory upends verdict to displeasure of jury foreman," 29 June 2018 There are songs, dance numbers (often impromptu), waves to mom and dad, recorder solos, yells to mom and dad, and recitations. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Great Mom Debate: Is It Rude to Leave Your Child's Concert After Their Part is Done?," 12 Dec. 2011 But history as recitation—a tale told in a singular voice—can probably do without them. James Campbell, WSJ, "‘The Order of the Day’ Review: When Adolf Came," 27 Sep. 2018 The costumed historians will make the recitation interactive, breaking down the declaration line-by-line, asking the audience interpretive questions, and offering analysis relevant to the present. Graham Ambrose,, "Have a historical Fourth at Old Sturbridge Village," 26 June 2018 That is followed by a salute to the flag and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Gina Grillo,, "Glenview Flag Day ceremony honors the old, looks toward the new," 19 June 2018 Some on the plane tried to figure out the entertainment system on their screens (one found his way to an Indian movie, another to a Quran recitation). Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Their Road to Turkey Was Long and Grueling, but the Short Flight Home Was Crueler," 16 June 2018 Scribes transcribing the recitations would have heard different versions depending on the storyteller, so there were likely various versions of the Homer epics works floating around the ancient world. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 The night began with a recitation of a chapter from the Quran in Arabic, followed by an English translation. Alaa Elassar, ajc, "Mayor Bottoms hosts Ramadan dinner for Atlanta Muslim community," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of recitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of recitation

: the act of saying or repeating something out loud for an audience
: the act of describing or listing many things in a series


rec·​i·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-sə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce recitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of recitation

1 : the act or an instance of saying something out loud
2 : the act of saying something in a particular order

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