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

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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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Jacobs also did not recite the Mourners’ Kaddish, choosing instead to pray by name for Republican candidates running for office in the state of Michigan. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette honors the Tree of Life fallen with a traditional Jewish prayer," 2 Nov. 2018 Fans don’t always have to recite movies alone in a dark room by a flickering TV set. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Who Ruins Movie Night? That Person Who Can Recite Every Line," 17 Aug. 2018 Activities at the historic site lasted all day and included a watermelon seed spitting contest, folk dancers, a pie eating contest, relay races and patriotic speeches recited by actors. Cortlynn Stark, Hana Muslic, Katie Bernard And Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "From Prairie Village to Parkville, KC area celebrates the Fourth," 4 July 2018 All in attendance—including the players—proudly recite the words as a city rallies around a native son who was unjustly incarcerated. Deantae Prince,, "76ers Co-Owner Michael Rubin Hopes to Flip Meek Mill's Negative Situation Into a Positive," 1 Feb. 2018 Three girls recited a spoken word poem, and one, Milwaukee Rufus King student Tatiana Washington, read an open letter to the speaker. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 Miles More students arrive in Paul Ryan's hometown and rally for gun control," 28 Mar. 2018 After the guards left the stage, Scott lent the microphone to the fan as the latter jumped around and did his best to recite the lyrics. Alexia Fernandez,, "Travis Scott Steps in After His Security Guards Get Violent with Fan He Invited Onstage," 14 May 2018 The youngest Daly brother, 12-year-old Carter, robotically recites the scores of every Super Bowl New England has played in. Kalyn Kahler,, "In Foxboro, Another Super Bowl, Another Brady," 22 Jan. 2018 The justices recited both sides of the issue and did not say which side had the better claim. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court sidesteps abortion dispute between Trump lawyers and ACLU over teen immigrant," 4 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 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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