- to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner: to recite a lesson.
- to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
- to give an account of: to recite one's adventures.
- to enumerate.
- to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
- to recite or repeat something from memory.
Origin of recite
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3. narrate, describe. See relate. 4. count, number, detail.
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- to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
- (tr) to give a detailed account of
- (tr) to enumerate (examples, etc)
C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite
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Word Origin and History for recitable
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