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
The program opens with actors and personalities (Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep) reciting the Declaration of Independence.
And, yes, that's Detroit's own Kid Rock, taking his turn at reciting after America Ferrera and before Kerry Washington.
In an especially powerful part, the women lay prostrate as Vigneron and everyone in the church recited the Litany of the Saints.
Organizers said from the opening ceremonies and reciting of the names of the individuals whose names are on the memorial to the closing ceremonies, hundreds of volunteers have stepped forward.
The 2008 national title is the ultimate trump card, but Kansas fans can readily recite the lost opportunities, the most recent at the Sprint Center three months ago.
In oral exams, the applicant must recite an efficient route between any two points the examiner chooses.
Others tap dance, recite poetry, or sing music selections — adapted love songs — that blur the line between saccharine and sweet.
Zames, who wears his hair in a military-style buzz cut, can recite figures from financial supplements and historical dates, especially tied to wars, with equal ease.
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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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