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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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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