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 questionsb : a class period especially in association with and for review of a lecture
Recent Examples of recitation from the Web
Recitations of original poems by community members Lillian Robinson, Mike Williams, Donta Gee, Greg Powell, and Quianna Overall, health assistant at the school, opened the event.
The attached picture shows the recitation of the Eagle Oath by Tyler and three other Eagle Scouts present at his Court of Honor.
Read through this New York Times piece, the latest recitation of the agency’s account of its relationship with Amiri.
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First Known Use of recitation
RECITATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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