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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For generations, young Chinese students have been taught to recite the 400-word poem as a lesson in the importance of family, female power, and the belief that women are also capable of pursuing their own dreams. Echo Huang, Quartzy, "Disney’s “Mulan” is not the feminist Mulan Chinese girls recognize," 10 July 2019 The connection is also logistically smoother—analysts no longer need to wait for an operator who will let them onto the call or recite instructions on what numbers to press to get in the queue to ask questions. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "The other big winner in Zoom’s IPO? The tired old quarterly earnings call," 24 June 2019 These educators weave their magic with students young enough, with brains still supple enough, to memorize and recite poetry. Judith Samuelson, Quartz at Work, "Why Stephen Schwarzman’s big gift to Oxford matters for everyone else," 20 June 2019 His teacher made him recite passages from the Koran in the morning. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 13 June 2019 Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, told WWDC attendees, pulling out the go-to mantra CEO Tim Cook and other Apple execs have been reciting for years. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Apple backs up privacy chest-beating with critical new feature," 4 June 2019 After two Buddhist monks recited a prayer, the turtle was placed on the ground. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "In Cambodia, giant turtles come back from the brink," 23 Apr. 2019 Was this the night that Karl’s great friend Princess Caroline of Monaco stood on the stairs, each tread lit with a scented candle, and started reciting Coleridge, perfect to the word? Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 Former flight director Milton Windler says that the memory that really sticks with him is when Apollo 8’s crew began reciting the Book of Genesis at lunar sunrise on Christmas Eve 1968. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back from the Brink," 27 Nov. 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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