- 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
Related Wordsrepeat, name, offer, mention, indicate, specify, recount, allege, tell, present, call, order, exemplify, advance, remember, reference, reminisce, rehearse, excerpt, number
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
December 29, 2014
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
November 29, 2014
She cited the example of Central Falls and of the town of West Warwick.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014
November 6, 2014
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
October 13, 2014
Indeed, his large-scale study of the issue shows that high-achieving black kids are cited by fewer of their peers as friends.No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked
September 4, 2014
Many harrowing details of the cruelties practiced were cited.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The career of Samuel Drew is not less remarkable than any of those which we have cited.Self-Help
On the contrary, instances might be cited where only one-half of one per cent.
The Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska road may be cited as a fair illustration.
An infinite number of similar discriminations might be cited.
- 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 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.