recitation

noun rec·i·ta·tion \ ˌre-sə-ˈtā-shən \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

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
3 a : 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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First Known Use of recitation

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RECITATION Defined for English Language Learners

recitation

Definition of recitation for English Language Learners

  • : the act of saying or repeating something out loud for an audience

  • : the act of describing or listing many things in a series


RECITATION Defined for Kids

recitation

noun rec·i·ta·tion \ ˌre-sə-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of recitation for Students

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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