- 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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Examples from the Web for recited
There is nothing we can do to stop gun violence, they recited; guns don't kill people, people do.How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter—and Why They’re All Wrong
May 27, 2014
In fact, we met him at the Holocaust Memorial in Drancy, where he recited the opening verses of the Qur'an.Moral Courage: Imam for Peace
February 10, 2014
Swinton did alternating poses as she recited the fashion pantheon: Paul Poiret.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
November 21, 2013
Sher recited the first kalima in sterling Arabic and the crowd dispersed.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
Gordon recited a litany of threats to Israel from Egypt, Hamas, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syria, and especially Iran.Meet The Husband and Wife Novelists Talking Israel to The Christian Right
June 18, 2013
Because you recited that doggerel about The Run of Crusader.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Neither he nor the men to whom he recited or sang would have understood that mood.The Book of Old English Ballads
George Wharton Edwards
He recited poetry badly, but adored hearing it well recited.My Double Life
You could have recited the Gettysburg Address and we'd never have known until it returned.The Second Voice
At Mr. Sheridan's earnest entreaties, I recited some passages from Shakespeare.Beaux and Belles of England
- 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 recited
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