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[sahyt] /saɪt/
verb (used with object), cited, citing.
1.
to quote (a passage, book, author, etc.), especially as an authority:
He cited the Constitution in his defense.
2.
to mention in support, proof, or confirmation; refer to as an example:
He cited many instances of abuse of power.
3.
to summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court.
4.
to call to mind; recall:
citing my gratitude to him.
5.
Military. to mention (a soldier, unit, etc.) in orders, as for gallantry.
6.
to commend, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty.
7.
to summon or call; rouse to action.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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British Dictionary definitions for citer

cite

/saɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to quote or refer to (a passage, book, or author) in substantiation as an authority, proof, or example
2.
to mention or commend (a soldier, etc) for outstanding bravery or meritorious action
3.
to summon to appear before a court of law
4.
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 citer
cite
late 15c., from O.Fr. citer "to summon," from L. citare "to cause to move, arouse, summon, urge, call," freq. of ciere "to move, set in motion, stir, rouse, call, invite" from PIE base *kei- "to move to and fro" (cf. Skt. cyavate "stirs himself, goes;" Gk. kinein "to move," kinymai "move myself;" Goth. haitan "call, be called;" O.E. hatan "command, call"). Sense of "calling forth a passage of writing" is first attested 1530s.
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Related Abbreviations for citer

cite

citation
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