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[res-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌrɛs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
an act of reciting.
a reciting or repeating of something from memory, especially formally or publicly.
oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
a period of classroom instruction.
an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
a piece so delivered or for such delivery.
1475-85; < Latin recitātiōn- (stem of recitātiō), equivalent to recitāt(us) (past participle of recitāre to recite) + -iōn- -ion
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nonrecitation, noun Unabridged
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Examples for recitation
  • He adores her, he's an audience, and quickly the movie collapses into an endless recitation.
  • To many, he will be especially remembered as a chef and an avid reader who loved poetry and had a gift for recitation.
  • Sadder still was the recitation of names of clowns who died in the past year.
  • It was the emergency room calling and the conversation was brief, a basic recitation of the facts.
  • He then leads the few people who have gathered in the recitation of the rosary.
  • Parts of the story are covered by a simple recitation of letters.
  • But the beauty of a poem, once learned, is not in the recitation of words.
  • The new arrivals usually lighted some candles and incense before kneeling for a while to listen to the recitation.
  • They move back and forth from a posture of calm, even dry recitation of facts and figures to one of heated advocacy or derision.
  • Such a recitation of consideration was a contract term rather than a mere recitation.
British Dictionary definitions for recitation


the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
something recited
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