- 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
Examples from the Web for citing
Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel room spat between the two left Nicki with a busted lip.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’
December 16, 2014
The alleged plan was first reported in the British publication Express, citing anonymous security sources.U.S. Clams Up on Xmas Airline Bomb ‘Plot’
December 2, 2014
When the day of the meeting came, Jenkins showed up, but Rahall did not, and sent his campaign manager, citing a “conflict”.How to Fight Corruption With Game Theory
November 29, 2014
The agency did not answer questions about whether either happened with Spinal Solutions, citing an ongoing investigation.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
(PDF) Once in office, however, Carter reneged on this promise, citing simply “defense implications.”1980: America’s First Extraterrestrial Election
October 15, 2014
This is shown by his citing authority for it as for something which might be disputed.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
My chief purpose, however, in citing this passage from Sewall's Diary, is this.Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather
Charles W. Upham
Travis thought aloud, citing the thin handful of points in their favor.The Defiant Agents
Andre Alice Norton
You are citing high and mighty names: What do you want of me?The Mesmerist's Victim
To disparage his memory by citing them is a preposterous use of scholarship.Volpone; Or, The Fox
- 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 citing
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.