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 Ana Maria Schwartz, an immigration lawyer in Houston, has a dozen clients waiting to recite the oath. Miriam Jordan,, "Pandemic delays US citizenship for thousands," 17 June 2020 Bell can recite 21 Dunbar poems from memory, and in dialect. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "IU's Greg Bell 'came out of nowhere' to win Olympic gold, then spent 50 years in dentistry," 13 June 2020 They were hired to recite speeches by such writers as Psalmayene 24, Karen Zacarias, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, John Strand and Annalisa Dias. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "What does a theater company do when it can’t make theater? Make a film.," 11 June 2020 Stubits loved to play cards, go to the beach, recite Hungarian poetry and playing tennis and Ping-Pong with his wife, Emilia, who subsequently became a Michigan doubles table tennis champion. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "John Stubits, remained true to his Hungarian heritage, passed away due to COVID-19 complications," 7 June 2020 Organizers of the event suggested Johnson come up with his own story to read instead of reciting someone else’s children’s book. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "From pass rushing to potty training, former All-SEC DL C.J. 'Poop' Johnson publishes book," 28 May 2020 Hand sanitizing gel was placed at the entrance, and a new ordering system was installed so that customers could read the menu on their phones instead of listening to waitresses recite the specials. Author: David Crary, Dave Collins, Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Reopening: It’s back to business, but not business as usual," 20 May 2020 Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that a Lower East Side nightclub allegedly hosted a party this month in the tradition of Prohibition-era gatherings, with cocktails flowing and patrons reciting passwords at the door to be allowed entry. Fox News, "NYC sees controversial underground parties popping up during coronavirus outbreak," 19 May 2020 John in fact saved himself by knowing and reciting what the victim is supposed to say ritually before the sword ends his life. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "John Stewart: Photographer and Prisoner of War," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of recite was in the 15th century

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“Recite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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