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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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 Yet what’s getting more attention is the Canadian musician’s recitation of her wellness routine, which may feature a blend of truth and fiction. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Grimes’s wellness routine allegedly includes sword fighting, screaming sessions, and a deprivation tank," 16 July 2019 Some Democratic lawmakers believe Mueller's public testimony, even if only a dry recitation of the inquiry's most damaging findings, could kick-start support for impeachment proceedings against Trump. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Robert Mueller won't veer from report's written conclusions at Capitol Hill hearing, spokesman says," 22 July 2019 In 1963, the Supreme Court, in Abington (Pa.) School District v. Schempp, struck down, 8-1, rules requiring the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer or reading of biblical verses in public schools., "This day in history," 17 June 2019 The visitation was followed by recitation of the rosary and a Mass at noon. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans bids final farewell to Leah Chase with funeral Mass, second-lines," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of recitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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