cite1 [sahyt] /saɪt/ Show IPA
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.
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
citable, citeable, adjective