[ri-sahyt] /rɪˈsaɪt/
verb (used with object), recited, reciting.
to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner:
"to recite a lesson."
to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
to give an account of:
"to recite one's adventures."
to enumerate.
verb (used without object), recited, reciting.
to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
to recite or repeat something from memory.
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
3. narrate, describe. See relate. 4. count, number, detail.
Example Sentences 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)
1.  to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
2.  (tr) to give a detailed account of
3.  (tr) to enumerate (examples, etc)
[C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite]

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Word Origin and History for recite
1430, from L. recitare "read aloud, repeat from memory," from re- "back, again" + citare "to summon" (see cite). Recital is first attested 1512 as a legal term for "formal statement of relevant facts;" musical performance sense is from 1811. Recitation "act of rehearsing" is recorded from 1484; meaning "repetition of a prepared lesson" is first recorded 1770, Amer.Eng.
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