rec·i·ta·tion | \ ˌre-sə-ˈtā-shən \

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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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 There's a daily roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, singing of America, and recitation of the Lord's Prayer, with gymnastics, ballet, and cooking classes once per week. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Town & Country, "These Preschools Are the Ivy League of Early Education," 11 Oct. 2016 Ice and isolation are wielded as metaphors in the narrator’s potted recitation of her lonely childhood, her failed relationships and her halting development as an artist. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Chronicles: The Intoxicating Attraction of the Abyss," 8 June 2018 Simply gulp lungs full of air for a long recitation of the 14 Emmy Awards and the nine times he was named national broadcaster of the year. Bryce Miller,, "Essence of Dick Enberg stretched far beyond sportscasting persona," 10 Mar. 2018 Hansher dismissed all six of McAdams' claims against Marquette over his suspension, and rebuked him in a 33-page ruling with a recitation of what academic freedom is — and is not. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case, orders university to reinstate him," 6 July 2018 Both locations also promote strong Judaic values with campers celebrating Shabbat by making candles for a Shabbat box as well as having Oneg Shabbat each Friday with the recitation of Kiddush with cups, Challah and grape juice. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Israeli counselors, several programs featured at Camp Shalom," 29 June 2018 Dual services will be held; one in Brownsville, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home from 5-8 pm, with a recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 7 pm, and at the Rose Hill Funeral Home, 580 Elm St., Rocky Hill, Ct. Hartford Courant,, "Irena Carling," 21 May 2018 The ceremony will include posting the colors of the United States of America, an address from Mayor Jon Costas, and recitation of the community member names on the Duty and Sacrifice monument. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 18 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 \

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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