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.
Examples from the Web for cited
He cited Britain, the United States, and France as possible lenders.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She also cited Trayvon Martin as similar incident, which sparked protests.This Week's Riots Are Part of America's Long History of Racial Rage|Sharon Adarlo|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She cited the example of Central Falls and of the town of West Warwick.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014|David Freedlander|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He cited Ernst and her husband Gail in his reasons for resignation, specifically for how they had treated Peterson.In 2005, ‘Iowa Nice’ Ernst Helped to Oust Veterans From Local Board After They Opposed Her Candidacy|Ben Jacobs|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She cited other frequently mentioned topics such as government spending and the economy.
Ehwald favoured quod (KB 48), but all except one of the passages he cited are instances of quod superest or quod reliquum est.
It is given in Vick's Magazine for September, 1880, with the items we have cited.Talks about Flowers.|M. D. Wellcome
And the fact that he cited as his fellow-witness a gentleman now deceased but served to confirm his judges in this opinion.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini
The war in Spain in 1823 is an example which may be cited in favor of this course in opposition to that of the Revolution.The Art of War|Baron Henri de Jomini
He cited "the superb speech of Mr. Churchill" as evidence that "what is our last word is also the last word of the Government."John Redmond's Last Years|Stephen Gwynn
British Dictionary definitions for cited
Word Origin for cite
Word Origin and History for cited
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.