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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Recent Examples on the Web But thanks to a now-viral tweet calling out the adjusted recitation tempo, there’s new attention being paid to the version. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The People Have Spoken and They Don't Want This Updated Alphabet Song Remix," 29 Oct. 2019 Even as the public recitation of facts unfolded in the hearing room, there were signs that Democrats’ investigation was still expanding., "WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives opened historic impeachment hearings on Wednesday and took startling new testimony from a senior US diplomat that further implicated President Trump in a campaign to pressure Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating former vice president Joe Biden.," 14 Nov. 2019 Even as the public recitation of facts unfolded in the hearing room, there were signs that Democrats’ investigation was still expanding. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Impeachment Hearings Open With Revelation on Trump’s Ukraine Pressure," 13 Nov. 2019 The event will include recitation of the Rosary, songs, and prayers. cleveland, "Healthy meal replacement options now available in several communities: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 5 Oct. 2019 Much of the excerpt is a recitation of the reasons Mattis has previously given for agreeing to become the Pentagon chief despite not having known or spoken to Trump before being interviewed for the position in November. Robert Burns,, "Ex-defense secretary Jim Mattis says US at a ‘breaking point’," 28 Aug. 2019 Meetings of the Venezuelan American Republican Club of Miami-Dade County begin with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 Trump’s 68-minute speech was largely a recitation of his accomplishments to a GOP audience that frequently interrupted him with applause in a ballroom of the Marriott Waterfront. Jean Marbella,, "Cheers inside, jeers outside as Trump makes quick visit to Baltimore for GOP retreat," 13 Sep. 2019 The prisoners’ overseers require recitation of party slogans before eating. Marco Rubio, WSJ, "China’s Campaign Against Muslim Minorities," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of recitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recitation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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