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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Bullock found a stretch of block with a nondescript background and recited his statement for one of the staffers to record. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Democratic Debate Night with Steve Bullock, the Last Governor in the Presidential Race," 13 Sep. 2019 At ground zero, readers began reciting the names of the dead, one by one — brothers, sisters, cousins, mothers, husbands, wives, a solemn process that lasted nearly until the end of the ceremony, shortly after noon. James Barron, New York Times, "Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago," 11 Sep. 2019 Without reciting or requesting details of what Gubaidulin is suspected of, the judge upheld a lower court’s decision and ruled to keep him in jail for two months. Washington Post, "Russian crackdown on protesters seen as intimidation tactic," 3 Sep. 2019 Faces are painted, fight songs are recited, beverages are consumed, footballs are tossed and the aura of optimism is contagious., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 George will also be developing his language skills through poetry reciting, telling stories and reading aloud to a group. Erin Hill,, "All About Prince George’s Upcoming School Curriculum (It Reads Like a College Graduate Program!)," 21 Aug. 2019 The narrator’s part was added to the score after Previn’s death, when the composer’s close friend David Fetherolf realized that Previn had not decided whether some portions of the libretto were to be sung by the soprano soloist or recited. Globe Staff,, "Uma Thurman to perform at Tanglewood," 10 July 2019 Prayer is the ability to say no to the demands of technology; to silence my devices, close my office door, and recite the afternoon service. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, Vox, "How prayer helped me detox from the internet," 8 July 2019 Noticeably missing from the VMAs performance, however, was the quick cameo Madonna makes partway through the video, reciting a Bible verse while Grande, wielding a sledgehammer, lip-syncs along. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 2018 MTV VMAs Performance of "God Is a Woman" Featured 50 Diverse Female Dancers," 20 Aug. 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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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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