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 And there was the rhythm of names of the dead being recited again. James Barron, New York Times, "Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago," 11 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday night, the child's friends, family and neighbors gathered to pay tribute to Skylea, lighting candles, reading poems, reciting prayers and delivering letters. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Body of 10-year-old Indiana girl missing for days found in plastic bag in shed, stepmom arrested," 5 Sep. 2019 Your correspondent has heard drivers recite traditional Arab poetry and a Hizbullah fighter recount a trip to Syria to fight ISIS. The Economist, "How Beirut’s shared taxis cope with Uber," 8 Aug. 2019 The tour ends in the intake room, where Andy first encounters Warden Norton, who famously recites the rules of the prison. Susan Glaser,, "‘Shawshank’ 25th anniversary: How movie redeemed Mansfield’s notorious Ohio State Reformatory," 21 July 2019 In a separate class nearby, a group of dozens of boys practiced reciting the alphabet in English. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "New Shelter for Migrant Teenagers Lacks Residents," 10 July 2019 From that day forward, Arya vowed to kill him with her own hands, reciting his name and others every night before going to bed. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Arya Stark's Kill List May Never Be Complete," 14 May 2019 For example, the fourth episode of the season saw the girls reciting a spell in Spanish to save the day. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""Charmed" Star Sarah Jeffery on the Resurgence of Witches and Why She'd Use Her Powers on Her Dog," 12 Nov. 2018 Kennedy didn't know the word, and laughed while reciting the story to a few dozen local lawmakers and volunteers. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Joe Kennedy III stumps for Elizabeth Warren as he mulls Senate bid," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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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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