cite

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[sahyt]

verb (used with object), cit·ed, cit·ing.


Origin of cite

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1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin citāre to summon before a church court; in Latin, to hurry, set in motion, summon before a court, frequentative of ciēre to move, set in motion
Related formscit·a·ble, cite·a·ble, adjectivecit·er, nounnon·cit·a·ble, adjectivenon·cite·a·ble, adjectiveun·cit·a·ble, adjectiveun·cite·a·ble, adjectiveun·cit·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcite sight site

cite

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[sahyt]

noun

Origin of cite

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by shortening
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Examples from the Web for cite

Contemporary Examples of cite

Historical Examples of cite

  • I could cite many instances in confirmation of what I here advance.

  • He had relinquished Christine's arm, and had turned his face towards the point of the Cite.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Could he have pretended to cite from a well-known writing what was not to be found there?

  • 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

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for cite

cite

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formscitable or citeable, adjectiveciter, noun

Word Origin for cite

C15: from Old French citer to summon, from Latin citāre to rouse, from citus quick, from ciēre to excite
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Word Origin and History for cite
v.

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.

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