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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The justices recited both sides of the issue and did not say which side had the better claim. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court sidesteps abortion dispute between Trump lawyers and ACLU over teen immigrant," 4 June 2018 One poem lamenting the whereabouts of a friend is so well known that Mr. Zhou’s colleagues recited it in unison during an excursion to Slender West Lake, a World Heritage Site in the city. New York Times, "How to Catch a Killer in China: Another Chinese Crime Novel Goes Global," 4 June 2018 To huge applause, Trump recited the lines his supporters in Luzerne County have been repeating back to me for the past few days. Josh Saul, Newsweek, "Why Did Donald Trump Win? Just Visit Luzerne County, Pennsylvania," 5 Dec. 2016 The Texas oilman who became the first person to climb the highest peak on seven continents would recite it to comfort himself in his tent. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How Poetry Helped Sustain John McCain During His Years as a Prisoner of War," 1 Apr. 2018 Sure, actors recite their lines (sort of; several actors fumbled them). Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 In the same address, Ms. Meng applauded the hard work her team did to save cost for Huawei while reciting ancient and modern Chinese poems. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO and Founder’s Daughter, Has Been Face of Secretive Company," 6 Dec. 2018 Dolphin was aware that members of Kavanaugh’s clique were reciting that poem, according to a person familiar with her thinking. Kate Kelly, The Seattle Times, "Kavanaugh’s yearbook page is ‘horrible, hurtful’ to a woman it named," 24 Sep. 2018 Teigen took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to share a video of her mom, who's originally from Thailand, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Celebrated Her Mom Becoming a U.S. Citizen With the Cutest Video," 24 Oct. 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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