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 At the EnglishBliss shop on Etsy, maker Ashlie offers Christmas baubles emblazoned with some of the most iconic quotes from the beloved series, which you'll be destined to recite for years to come as your trim your Christmas tree. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "These Hand-Crafted Ornaments Are the Perfect Gift for the Friends Fan in Your Life," 17 Nov. 2019 Rodriguez recites in the video while getting her hair and makeup done. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Gina Rodriguez Apologizes For Using N-Word: 'I Have Some Serious Learning' To Do," 16 Oct. 2019 Among other things, Chelsea taught Rainy how to recite the Lord’s Prayer, which Rainy can even perform in Chactaw style sign language. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Six-year-old crowned Little Miss Okla Chahta Princess," 2 Aug. 2019 Iacobelli recalls being struck by the way Figalli reacted when the faculty member introducing him recited a long list of his accomplishments. Quanta Magazine, "A Traveler Who Finds Stability in the Natural World," 1 Aug. 2018 Some job applicants could even recite from memory the details of recent tech scandals, showing the depth of impression that negative news stories have made on them. David Ingram, NBC News, "Turning the tables: Women in tech job interviews have questions of their own," 9 Oct. 2019 After reciting his oath of citizenship, Miguel Perez Jr. turned to the American flag on his left and gave a salute. Javonte Anderson,, "‘I’m just overwhelmed,’ deported Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. says after being granted citizenship," 4 Oct. 2019 Richard Rovsek, chairman of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, said during Sunday’s event after the audience recited the pledge of allegiance. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans ceremony honors Congress members from the armed forces," 21 July 2019 Peter Brigg, the principal of Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, Delaware County, would say the phrase after reciting the pledge over the PA system, according to several news reports. Paul Vigna |, oregonlive, "Pa. principal stops saying ‘God bless America’ over PA system after parent complains," 9 May 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Recite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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