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[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.
late Middle English
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. Unabridged
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Examples for recites
  • Jongleur recites the incantation and invokes the snow storm.
  • The soft-spoken chaplain also oversees private memorial services where he plays guitar and recites a few prayers.
  • Means d recites subroutine means for causing printing.
  • The claimant has appealed and recites facts which he believes should change the decision.
  • If a match is located, an automated voice recites the polling location address to the voter.
British Dictionary definitions for recites


to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
(transitive) to give a detailed account of
(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 recites
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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