verb (used with object), cit·ed, cit·ing.
Origin of cite1
Citāre is a frequentative verb from the simple verb ciēre “to move, call, rouse, excite, provoke (disturbances, war), call upon.” Ciēre derives from a variant stem of the Proto-Indo-European root kēi- “to set in motion, be in motion.” The Greek verb kíein “to start moving” (used only in poetry) is from the same variant.
Kī-n, another (suffixed) variant of kēi-, is the root of the Greek verb kineîn “to move, shake, drive, drive away,” with the derivative nouns kínēsis and kínēma. In English, kinesis is a term used in physiology for the movement of an organism in response to a stimulus, such as light; the English noun cinema is an expensive word for movie or movies or the movies.
Definition for cite (2 of 2)
Origin of cite2
Examples from the Web for cite
They also used the powers of their separate agencies to cite waste haulers for spilling sludge along roadways.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The forums and message boards all cite “waking up to loose strands on your pillow” as a real indicator of significant hair loss.Birth Control Made My Hair Fall Out, and I’m Not the Only One|Molly Oswaks|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People, alas, continue to cite it as if it had some validity in either fact or theory.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil|William O’Connor|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the ad, they cite an article published by several Norwegian scientists in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience.
Or am I and others who cite luck, including Shipman, simply more self-aware or forthcoming than most people, especially men?I’m Not Ashamed to Admit I Got Lucky—and Neither Should You|Keli Goff|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While we are in this place, where Iyyasŭ's name is so important, let me cite a trifling anecdote.An Artist's Letters From Japan|John La Farge
In London they cite again the example of the wars of Napoleon, and conclude with: "What man has done man can do again."In the World War|Count Ottokar Czernin
We can cite a host of zymotic diseases the occurrence of which once serves as a protection against future attacks.
I believe he had not one instance to cite in proof of his theory, which is a commonplace now.The Woodlands Orchids|Frederick Boyle
We cannot do better than cite upon this point the opinion of a writer of admitted authority.The Races of Man|Joseph Deniker
British Dictionary definitions for cite
Word Origin for cite
Word Origin and History for cite
mid-15c., "to summon," from Old French citer "to summon" (14c.), from Latin citare "to summon, urge, call; put in sudden motion, call forward; rouse, excite," frequentative of ciere "to move, set in motion, stir, rouse, call, invite" from PIE root *keie- "to set in motion, to move to and fro" (cf. Sanskrit cyavate "stirs himself, goes;" Greek kinein "to move, set in motion; change, stir up," kinymai "move myself;" Gothic haitan "call, be called;" Old English hatan "command, call"). Sense of "calling forth a passage of writing" is first attested 1530s. Related: Cited; citing.