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[sahyt] /saɪt/
verb (used with object), cited, citing.
to quote (a passage, book, author, etc.), especially as an authority:
He cited the Constitution in his defense.
to mention in support, proof, or confirmation; refer to as an example:
He cited many instances of abuse of power.
to summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court.
to call to mind; recall:
citing my gratitude to him.
Military. to mention (a soldier, unit, etc.) in orders, as for gallantry.
to commend, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty.
to summon or call; rouse to action.
Origin of cite1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin citāre to summon before a church court; in Latin, to hurry, set in motion, summon before a court, frequentative of ciēre to move, set in motion
Related forms
citable, citeable, adjective
citer, noun
noncitable, adjective
nonciteable, adjective
uncitable, adjective
unciteable, adjective
uncited, adjective


[sahyt] /saɪt/
citation (defs 7, 8).
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  • Historians who deplore the abundance of political generals sometimes cite an anecdote to mock the process.
  • Some cite this as evidence that t rex was a scavenger.
  • And they all have been hesitant to cite their degree on job applications.
  • The protesters cite potential adverse environmental effects on water and agriculture.
  • Others cite more modest gains from technology designed to encourage more fuel-efficient driving behavior.
  • Conservation groups cite loss of sagebrush habitat to forage for cattle as the primary reason for the species' decline.
  • Seventy-five percent of those who say they would consider a hybrid car cite lower fuel costs as the main reason.
  • Economists would cite many reasons why presidential terms are an imperfect frame for tracking economic trends.
  • Perry has been more than willing to cite higher authority in his campaign for the nation's highest office.
  • But experts cite grounds for optimism, especially in regard to improvements in health.
British Dictionary definitions for cite


verb (transitive)
to quote or refer to (a passage, book, or author) in substantiation as an authority, proof, or example
to mention or commend (a soldier, etc) for outstanding bravery or meritorious action
to summon to appear before a court of law
to enumerate: he cited the king's virtues
Derived Forms
citable, citeable, adjective
citer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French citer to summon, from Latin citāre to rouse, from citus quick, from ciēre to excite
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Word Origin and History for cite

mid-15c., "to summon," from Old French citer "to summon" (14c.), from Latin citare "to summon, urge, call; put in sudden motion, call forward; rouse, excite," frequentative of ciere "to move, set in motion, stir, rouse, call, invite" from PIE root *keie- "to set in motion, to move to and fro" (cf. Sanskrit cyavate "stirs himself, goes;" Greek kinein "to move, set in motion; change, stir up," kinymai "move myself;" Gothic haitan "call, be called;" Old English hatan "command, call"). Sense of "calling forth a passage of writing" is first attested 1530s. Related: Cited; citing.

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