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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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 The opening passage, about living in a cycle of hopelessness, comes off as a recitation of lessons learned in therapy. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Real Message Behind Justin Bieber’s Drug Confession," 5 Sep. 2019 Although there’s no way to turn off the recitation completely, there is an option to change the content to Virginia Woolf or Cormac McCarthy, which are read in different, equally foreboding voices. Sarah Hutto, The New Yorker, "Your Period-Tracking App: F.A.Q.," 13 Aug. 2019 Gotta do this: No recitation of that night is complete without noting that Eckersley stood at his locker after the game, displaying unparalleled professionalism, and answered questions from wave after wave of reporters from all around the world. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Decades later Kirk Gibson apologizes to Dennis Eckersley, and here’s why," 18 July 2019 Those involved in climate research increasingly recognize that endless recitations of facts and warnings do little to motivate a wide audience, no matter how breathtakingly dire those warnings may be. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, "A geological detective story told through clues written in the ice," 3 July 2019 Democrats hope Mueller will still offer politically valuable on-camera recitations of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians and instances of the president’s possible obstruction of justice. Tal Kopan,, "Will Robert Mueller offer fireworks? Bay Area lawmakers will play a key role in the questioning.," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of recitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of recitation was in the 15th century

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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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