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

Examples of recitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are all inordinately obvious statements that should not require recitation, but some people around town have gotten in their heads that the Lakers need to keep submitting to the King’s commands for the franchise to survive. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 His dramatic, intense and emotional recitation of Angelou’s poem wowed the judges and earned him the chance to compete in a national semifinal competition in May. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 In addition to four daily worship ceremonies, visitors can watch devotees milk cows in the Goshala, where a tinny recitation of the maha-mantra emanates from a boombox. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 Sarah Bunin Benor, director of the Jewish Language Project and a professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, said hearing the word makes her think of the Hallel — a recitation of Psalms 113-118 chanted by observant Jews on holidays. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Rock fumbled through his introduction of the category and the recitation of the nominees. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Rarely is it mentioned during the recitation of that list that then-Sen. WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 Especially poignant is Ponyboy's recitation of ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ with its layers of symbolism that speak volumes regarding the theme of the novel. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2022 The indictment starts with a recitation of federal law on the process for the transfer of Presidential power, namely the Twelfth and Twentieth Amendments to the Constitution and the Electoral Count Act. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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