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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.
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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.
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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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Related Words for recited

declaim, repeat, communicate, perform, chant, explain, rehearse, deliver, enumerate, mention, recount, reply, utter, interpret, speak, render, expatiate, relate, describe, recapitulate

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Contemporary Examples of recited

Historical Examples of recited

  • Because you recited that doggerel about The Run of Crusader.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Neither he nor the men to whom he recited or sang would have understood that mood.

    The Book of Old English Ballads

    George Wharton Edwards

  • He recited poetry badly, but adored hearing it well recited.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • You could have recited the Gettysburg Address and we'd never have known until it returned.

  • At Mr. Sheridan's earnest entreaties, I recited some passages from Shakespeare.

British Dictionary definitions for recited


  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)
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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 recited



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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