Definition of recite
1 : to repeat from memory or read aloud publicly
3 : to repeat or answer questions about (a lesson)
1 : to repeat or read aloud something memorized or prepared
2 : to reply to a teacher's question on a lesson
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.
Recent Examples of recite from the Web
Reciting Shakespeare is tough enough for novices, without adding fight scenes with real broadswords.
At one zoning board hearing, a group began loudly reciting a Christian prayer while a group of Muslim attendees was praying quietly in a corner, the suit says.
Many practicing Muslims also perform additional prayers, especially at night, and attempt to recite the entire Qur'an (Koran).
Witnesses said the victims were asked to recite Muslim prayers, according to CNN Philippines.
The Fourth Circuit’s majority opinion recited Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and concluded that a reviewing court can and should use these as indications of the executive’s motive in promulgating the ban.
Mr. Zhao could recite the exact amount of his illicit gains: 239,995,400 renminbi, or about $35 million.
With a fistful of cash in his hands, the Cinematic signee hangs out of lavish cars while reciting the lyrics to his contagious tune.
When those children read the letters and recite the names, these guys will live through them.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th century
RECITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of recite for English Language Learners
: to read (something) out loud or say (something) from memory usually for an audience
: to say or describe (a series or list of things)
RECITE Defined for Kids
Definition of recite for Students
1 : to repeat from memory Please recite your poem.
2 : to tell about in detail He recited his experiences.
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