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recite

[ri-sahyt] /rɪˈsaɪt/
verb (used with object), recited, reciting.
1.
to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner:
to recite a lesson.
2.
to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
3.
to give an account of:
to recite one's adventures.
4.
to enumerate.
verb (used without object), recited, reciting.
5.
to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
6.
to recite or repeat something from memory.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English reciten < Latin recitāre to read aloud, equivalent to re- re- + citāre to summon, cite1
Related forms
recitable, adjective
reciter, noun
prerecite, verb (used with object), prerecited, prereciting.
unrecited, adjective
well-recited, adjective
Synonyms
3. narrate, describe. See relate. 4. count, number, detail.
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Examples for recite
  • Merely having read the material and being able to recite it verbatim is neither education nor learning.
  • Students pick from a list of poems and recite them from memory.
  • Think critically and don't recite gibberish as though it is true.
  • Still, the light was enough to inspire me to recite poetry.
  • And it connects to a wireless computer server to recite information about cars.
  • It also demands a performer who can move and recite verse.
  • The researchers tested his accuracy by prompting him with two lines from the poem and asking him to recite the next ten.
  • He wants them to recite texts by heart-and many, but not all, of them eventually do so.
  • Have them point to places on the map as they recite their address.
  • Subjects were given a memory test known as the false fame paradigm, in which they were asked to recite a list of unfamiliar names.
British Dictionary definitions for recite

recite

/rɪˈsaɪt/
verb
1.
to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
2.
(transitive) to give a detailed account of
3.
(transitive) to enumerate (examples, etc)
Derived Forms
recitable, adjective
reciter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite
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Word Origin and History for recite
v.

early 15c., from Old French reciter (12c.) and directly from Latin recitare "read aloud, read out, repeat from memory, declaim," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + citare "to summon" (see cite). Related: Recited; reciting.

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