[ res-i-tey-shuhn ]
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  1. an act of reciting.

  2. a reciting or repeating of something from memory, especially formally or publicly.

  1. oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.

  2. a period of classroom instruction.

  3. an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.

  4. a piece so delivered or for such delivery.

Origin of recitation

1475–85; <Latin recitātiōn- (stem of recitātiō), equivalent to recitāt(us) (past participle of recitāre to recite) + -iōn--ion

Other words from recitation

  • non·rec·i·ta·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for recitation


/ (ˌrɛsɪˈteɪʃən) /

  1. the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience

  2. something recited

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