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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Recent Examples on the Web The new figure will recite the oath of office, which was recorded by Biden at the White House especially for the attraction, Disney says. Dewayne Bevil,, 19 July 2021 The Tidewater Players will provide musical entertainment throughout the day and Havre de Grace Mayor William Martin will recite the Declaration of Independence every hour. S. Wayne Carter Jr.,, 30 June 2021 Gleason, who has lost the ability to speak because of the disease, will recite Gehrig's retirement speech using technology from Google's Project Euphoria that allows a person to speak with their own voice through a device. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 2 June 2021 Instead, Atifa and some friends arranged for their kids to recite the Quran together online. Cady Lang And Kat Moon, Time, 12 May 2021 Currier asked Billy to stand and recite the monologue. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Witnesses challenged the the West Virginia Board of Education’s requirement that students salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance or be expelled. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 Suleyman Tek said Ramadan was a month to pray, recite the Koran and try to be closer to God, a time to test oneself physically, mentally and spiritually. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 Americans in Francis’s time had spent decades waiting for a cure for polio; by 1954, when Francis began his vaccine field trial, more people knew about the Salk vaccine than could recite the full name of President Eisenhower. Howard Markel, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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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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