recite

[ri-sahyt]
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verb (used with object), re·cit·ed, re·cit·ing.
  1. to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner: to recite a lesson.
  2. to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
  3. to give an account of: to recite one's adventures.
  4. to enumerate.
verb (used without object), re·cit·ed, re·cit·ing.
  1. to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
  2. to recite or repeat something from memory.

Origin of recite

1400–50; late Middle English reciten < Latin recitāre to read aloud, equivalent to re- re- + citāre to summon, cite1
Related formsre·cit·a·ble, adjectivere·cit·er, nounpre·re·cite, verb (used with object), pre·re·cit·ed, pre·re·cit·ing.un·re·cit·ed, adjectivewell-re·cit·ed, adjective

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3. narrate, describe. See relate. 4. count, number, detail.
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recite

verb
  1. to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
  2. (tr) to give a detailed account of
  3. (tr) to enumerate (examples, etc)
Derived Formsrecitable, adjectivereciter, noun

Word Origin for recite

C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite
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Word Origin and History for recite
v.

early 15c., from Old French reciter (12c.) and directly from Latin recitare "read aloud, read out, repeat from memory, declaim," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + citare "to summon" (see cite). Related: Recited; reciting.

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