recite

verb re·cite \ ri-ˈsīt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of recite

recited; reciting
transitive verb
1 :to repeat from memory or read aloud publicly
2 a :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

reciter

noun

Examples of recite in a Sentence

  1. He recited the poem with great feeling.

  2. He began to recite from the Koran.

  3. He can easily recite all the facts about any player on the team.

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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


RECITE Defined for English Language Learners

recite

verb

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

recite

verb re·cite \ ri-ˈsīt \

Definition of recite for Students

recited; reciting
1 :to repeat from memory
  • Please recite your poem.
2 :to tell about in detail
  • He recited his experiences.


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