re·​cite | \ ri-ˈsīt How to pronounce recite (audio) \
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jewish congregations will recite special prayers and songs to mark the new year. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 Organizers still recite the name of Lavar Montray Douglas, who was 18 when he was fatally shot by a Coppin State University officer in 2016. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 Preller can still recite the sales pitch, word for word. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 At other times, people stand at her counter and recite their grievances to her face. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Most residents living on the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplains can recite by heart the levels of the worst floods to hit the area and compare them with new deluges — the ones last year and this year have fallen well short. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Keith and Ricky would play different instruments and Fred would recite things off the top of his head. Karen Schoemer, SPIN, 1 May 2022 The father of six, who is fiercely religious, took the opportunity to recite verses from the Bible and praise God. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 16 Aug. 2022 Ida Mae AstuteGetty Images Want an excuse to recite Anchorman quotes all night long? Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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re·​cite | \ ri-ˈsīt How to pronounce recite (audio) \
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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