- 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
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Related Words for citesrepeat, name, offer, mention, indicate, specify, recount, allege, tell, present, call, order, exemplify, advance, remember, reference, reminisce, rehearse, excerpt, number
Examples from the Web for cites
Contemporary Examples of cites
He cites an interview that a freed POW, Air Force Lt. Col. William Harrison, gave to The New York Times in 1953.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
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He cites the career of an erstwhile friend the film director M. Night Shyamalan.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
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But Carson, who cites his lack of political experience as a strength, may not be equipped to play in such a strong GOP field.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
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She cites military tactics of isolating and compartmentalizing as a way to deal with the transition.The Woman Stuck in a Navy SEAL's Body
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He cites the example of the Bubble Sisters, a four-piece girl group that made its debut in 2003.Black K-Pop Fans Come Out of the Closet
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Historical Examples of cites
Herzberg-Fraenkel's "Polnische Juden" cites a similar incident.Rabbi and Priest
Mr. Smith cites this nonsense; so do Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Holmes.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
He may have read Latin, but most of the books he cites had English translations.
Engelmann cites it in Triticum repens, Roëper in Euphorbia palustris.Vegetable Teratology
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He cites Barclay who wrote in Latin, but I read to you from the translation.A Sketch of the Life of the late Henry Cooper
- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
- 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 for cite
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.