re·cite | \ ri-ˈsīt \
recited; reciting

Definition of recite 

transitive verb

1 : to repeat from memory or read aloud publicly

2a : to relate in full recites dull anecdotes

b : to give a recital of : detail recited a catalog of offenses

3 : to repeat or answer questions about (a lesson)

intransitive verb

1 : to repeat or read aloud something memorized or prepared

2 : to reply to a teacher's question on a lesson

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Other words from recite

reciter noun

Examples of recite in a Sentence

He recited the poem with great feeling. He began to recite from the Koran. He can easily recite all the facts about any player on the team.
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Girl recites aunt's phone number A consular official from El Salvador called the number the girl had memorized, which belonged to her aunt. Kaila White, azcentral, "Migrant girl first heard begging for help in viral recording is being held in Phoenix," 26 June 2018 One amazing boy recites an entire three-minute poem about a woman named Margarita. Anthony Doerr, Town & Country, "True Confessions of a Travel Control Freak," 25 May 2018 She was recently accused of blasphemy for reciting a poem that implies that traditional Indonesian hairstyles and songs are preferable to headscarves and the call to prayer. The Economist, "How religion shapes elections in Indonesia," 12 Apr. 2018 The Miss Dyngus Day 2018 contest was tough this year, with contestants reciting their own Polish haiku poems, performing polka dances and downing pierogi. Lisa Dejong,, "Cleveland Dyngus Day 2018 (photos)," 3 Apr. 2018 After reciting the oath of office, which will be administered by former mayor and Lt. Dominic Fracassa,, "This time around, London Breed becomes SF mayor and gets to keep the job," 11 July 2018 History of Halloween Costumes and Trick-or-Treating Many people were said to dress up as saints and recite songs or verses from door to door. Marissa Gold, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About the History of Halloween and Why We Celebrate It," 6 July 2018 Warhol eventually added an audio track on which Velvet Underground vocalist Nico, who appeared in some of his other work, recites a poem in her distinctive, haunting voice. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Andy Warhol arrives with a bang this summer in San Antonio," 26 June 2018 Those at the event were asked to stand and come together in reciting the song. Megann Horstead,, "'It belongs to all of us': L!VE Cafe hosts Juneteenth celebration in Oak Park," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of recite

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for recite

Middle English, to relate, state, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French reciter, from Latin recitare to recite, from re- + citare to summon — more at cite

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English Language Learners Definition of recite

: to read (something) out loud or say (something) from memory usually for an audience

: to say or describe (a series or list of things)


re·cite | \ ri-ˈsīt \
recited; reciting

Kids Definition of recite

1 : to repeat from memory Please recite your poem.

2 : to tell about in detail He recited his experiences.

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alleviating pain or harshness

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