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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When the chief justice called for the formal motion to install Justice Kavanaugh, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, starting his first full day on the job, took the lectern to recite the lines. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hospitalized After Fall," 8 Nov. 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has triggered an uproar with a campaign ad that shows him pointing a shotgun toward a young man -- who supposedly wants to date his daughter but first has to recite Kemp's campaign platform. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Georgia candidate Kemp triggers uproar with shotgun ad," 2 Oct. 2018 While Grande lip-syncs, Madonna recites what Billboard identified as the bible quote Samuel L. Jackson's famously says in Pulp Fiction. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 'God Is a Woman' Music Video Features a Voice-Over From Madonna," 13 July 2018 While reciting their vows, Harry presses his thumbs down into Meghan's hands. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Compare Meghan and Harry's Wedding to Kate and Will's," 20 May 2018 After Alice, buying and using tokens for transactions (like a kid would do at Chuck E. Cheese’s), cannot be patented by simply reciting computers and the Internet. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Clicker Heroes maker compares new lawsuit from “patent troll” to extortion," 3 Mar. 2018 Community organizations and service providers were on hand during the party, and girls in the mentoring programs at each of the three high schools had an opportunity to recite poetry, sing or otherwise express themselves. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora mentoring program aims to help girls build leadership," 7 July 2018 The L!VE Cafe event included performances by spoken word artists Jamaica West and Jasmine Sims, who took turns reciting poetry and getting the crowd to join in on songs. Megann Horstead,, "'It belongs to all of us': L!VE Cafe hosts Juneteenth celebration in Oak Park," 21 June 2018 As the sky gradually changes color, the voice of singer Nico, who appeared in several of Warhol’s films, can be heard reciting poetry. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "The McNay Art Museum invites San Antonians to get ‘Immersed’," 6 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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