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.
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.
- cit·a·ble, cite·a·ble, adjective
- cit·er, noun
- non·cit·a·ble, adjective
- non·cite·a·ble, adjective
- un·cit·a·ble, adjective
- un·cite·a·ble, adjective
- un·cit·ed, adjective
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How to use cite in a sentence
In particular, you cite deep tech, digital health and personalised healthcare.Does early-stage health tech need more ‘patient’ capital? | Steve O'Hear | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
Even Germany, an oft-cited example of coronavirus response excellence in Europe, has slowly seen its daily case count edge up, with nearly 2,000 infections — a doubling from August 1.
On Thursday, Crown Publisher David Drake cited the scale of Obama’s ambition to write a book that captures the experiences of being president and offers an inspiring story for young people.The first volume of Barack Obama’s long-awaited memoir finally has a release date | Rachel King | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
So the government had tried to delay the implementation of LGPD until May next year, citing reasons such as businesses not being able to prepare for the law during the pandemic.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state | Anthony Green | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Privacy was the reason cited by Google but advertisers quickly called the motives into question and complained about the loss of transparency into a large amount of ad spend.How much does Google’s new search term filtering affect ad spend transparency? Here’s how to find out | Frederick Vallaeys | September 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
The advisor would cite reasonable-sounding sources like haltabuse.org and the FBI.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still fewer cite “personal reasons,” “moving in with a partner,” and a “growing family.”
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
"'cite can do it as well as I; it is really her business," she explained to Edna, who apologized for interrupting her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
We might cite the initials of many more of those who found themselves, not without some mutual surprise, side by side in one room.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
Instead of selecting general examples of ape actions, we may cite some of the doings of this intelligent creature.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
You cite the case of some who are admirable tea-party oracles, but who cannot utter half a dozen sentences in the tribune.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
I could cite a hundred examples of the astounding spirit that such men displayed.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
British Dictionary definitions for cite
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 enumerate: he cited the king's virtues
- citable or citeable, adjective
- citer, noun
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