- to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner: to recite a lesson.
- to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
- to give an account of: to recite one's adventures.
- to enumerate.
- to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
- to recite or repeat something from memory.
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“She chose me to recite a ‘Gedicht,’ a poem,” Friedel told me in 2002, her voice still revealing her pride in that moment.Survived Hitler, Returned to Germany
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He could recite reams of Frost, Dickinson, Whitman, and Lowell, and he did so while I stood there, amazed.GOP Hypocrisy: Outraged Over Benghazi, Silent on Iraq
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"I'd like to recite English in one of your classes, Emma," smiled Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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They recite in a timid and indistinct tone the prescribed fustian.
I was touched by the gracefulness and tact of my hosts in not asking me to recite any poetry.
In the first place, he maintains that you do not know how to recite verse.
When he learned that I could “recite a wee bit,” his delight knew no bounds.Adventures and Recollections
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- to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
- (tr) to give a detailed account of
- (tr) to enumerate (examples, etc)
C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite
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Word Origin and History for recite
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