\ ˈrīt How to pronounce rite (audio) \

Definition of rite

1a : a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony
b : the ceremonial practices of a church or group of churches
2 : a ceremonial act or action initiation rites
3 : a division of the Christian church using a distinctive liturgy

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Examples of rite in a Sentence

Incense is often burned in their religious rites. the annual summer rite of loading up the car for the big family vacation

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Across town, crowds were gathering for another march through the city to demand political reform, an annual rite on Establishment Day; organisers say this one drew 550,000 people (the police say 190,000). The Economist, "Protesters expose a fractured Hong Kong, but China’s grip only tightens," 5 July 2019 Before leaving Nigeria, most swear to repay that debt during a voodoo rite. Washington Post, "A foreign mafia has come to Italy and further polarized the migration debate," 26 June 2019 Monday’s software showcase is an annual rite that Apple holds for thousands of programmers at the end of spring. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Say hello to ‘dark mode’ on iPhones and goodbye to iTunes," 4 June 2019 In what has become a June rite, the Lake Forest Public Works Department held its third annual Meet the Fleet event. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Meet the Fleet invites kids and kids-at-heart to climb inside Lake Forest's heavy vehicles," 17 June 2019 For Kim Hartlage, watching the Masters has long been a rite of spring. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Augusta National Is Set for Women’s Amateur Event," 29 Mar. 2019 In the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church — the predominant rite in the West — priests take a vow of celibacy and do not marry. Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father, son follow different paths, same calling to become Catholic priests," 30 Mar. 2018 While many still turn to the funeral rites that have comforted generations, others, led by baby boomers, are taking a different approach than their parents and grandparents. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Free-Form Funeral," 2 Mar. 2019 The rite ended with the high priest giving the royal cheek the hardest possible slap. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "New Year, Old Regrets," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of rite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rite

Middle English, from Latin ritus; akin to Greek arithmos number — more at arithmetic

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English Language Learners Definition of rite

: an act that is part of a usually religious ceremony


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Kids Definition of rite

: an act performed in a ceremony

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