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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recitation (ˌrɛsɪˈteɪʃən)
1.  the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
2.  something recited

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Example sentences
He adores her, he's an audience, and quickly the movie collapses into an endless 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.
To many, he will be especially remembered as a chef and an avid reader who
  loved poetry and had a gift for recitation.
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