cite

1
[sahyt]

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


Nearby words

  1. cit.,
  2. citadel,
  3. citalopram,
  4. citation,
  5. citation form,
  6. cites,
  7. cithaeron,
  8. cithara,
  9. cither,
  10. citied

Origin of cite

1
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

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cite

2
[sahyt]

noun

Origin of cite

2
by shortening

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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

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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