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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.

  1. to give an account of: to recite one's adventures.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English reciten, from Latin recitāre “to read aloud,” equivalent to re- + citāre “to summon”; see origin at re-, cite1

synonym study For recite

3. See relate.

Other words for recite

Other words from recite

  • re·cit·a·ble, adjective
  • re·cit·er, noun
  • pre·re·cite, verb (used with object), pre·re·cit·ed, pre·re·cit·ing.
  • un·re·cit·ed, adjective
  • well-re·cit·ed, adjective

Words Nearby recite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use recite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recite


/ (rɪˈsaɪt) /

  1. to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc

  2. (tr) to give a detailed account of

  1. (tr) to enumerate (examples, etc)

Origin of recite

C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite

Derived forms of recite

  • recitable, adjective
  • reciter, noun

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