- to quote (a passage, book, author, etc.), especially as an authority: He cited the Constitution in his defense.
- to mention in support, proof, or confirmation; refer to as an example: He cited many instances of abuse of power.
- to summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court.
- to call to mind; recall: citing my gratitude to him.
- Military. to mention (a soldier, unit, etc.) in orders, as for gallantry.
- to commend, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty.
- to summon or call; rouse to action.
Origin of cite1
Origin of cite2
Related Words for citerepeat, name, offer, mention, indicate, specify, recount, allege, tell, present, call, order, exemplify, advance, remember, reference, reminisce, rehearse, excerpt, number
Examples from the Web for cite
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
October 14, 2014
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
July 26, 2014
In the ad, they cite an article published by several Norwegian scientists in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience.No, PETA, Cow Milk Does Not Cause Autism
May 30, 2014
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
May 19, 2014
Historical Examples of cite
I could cite many instances in confirmation of what I here advance.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
He had relinquished Christine's arm, and had turned his face towards the point of the Cite.His Masterpiece
Could he have pretended to cite from a well-known writing what was not to be found there?Theaetetus
I have before me the Tempest, and will cite only these few lines.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One word, which is said to have fallen from his lips, I cite.Hellenica
- to quote or refer to (a passage, book, or author) in substantiation as an authority, proof, or example
- to mention or commend (a soldier, etc) for outstanding bravery or meritorious action
- to summon to appear before a court of law
- to enumeratehe cited the king's virtues
Word Origin 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.