Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Recite \Re*cite"\, v. i. To repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned.
Recite \Re*cite"\, n.
A recital. [Obs.]
--Sir W. Temple.
Recite \Re*cite"\ (r[-e]*s[imac]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recited; p. pr. & vb. n. Reciting.] [F. r['e]citer, fr. L. recitare, recitatum; pref. re- re- + citare to call or name, to cite. See Cite.]
To repeat, as something already prepared, written down, committed to memory, or the like; to deliver from a written or printed document, or from recollection; to rehearse; as, to recite the words of an author, or of a deed or covenant.
To tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate; as, to recite past events; to recite the particulars of a voyage.
To rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor.
(Law) To state in or as a recital. See Recital,
Syn: To rehearse; narrate; relate; recount; describe; recapitulate; detail; number; count.
v. recite in elocution [syn: declaim]
repeat aloud from memory; "she recited a poem"; "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"
render verbally, "recite a poem"; "retell a story" [syn: retell]
vb. 1 (context transitive English) To repeat aloud some passage, poem or other text previously memorized, often before an audience 2 (context transitive English) To list or enumerate something 3 (context intransitive English) To deliver a recitation
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Usage examples of "recite".
The rules, recited by a young Andersen accountant named Rick Causey, were fairly simple.
Or, as a good anticlerical, is he mocking the stupidity of the religious cliches Panurge recites?
Just as he could input, store and recite the successive approximations for figuring out where and when to launch radio-transmitter-tagged asteroids toward the nearest mining ship, or toward the Moon itself, once Lawler and Garrick used their computers to calculate those approximations, then transmitted the figures to him in his cabin.
And because it was necessary that I should likewise be a minister unto Osiris, there was no long delay: for in the night after, appeared unto me one of that order, covered with linnen robes, holding in his hands speares wrapped in Ivie, and other things not convenient to declare, which then he left in my chamber, and sitting in my seate, recited to me such things as were necessary for the sumptuous banket of mine entrie.
Esmay could recite them forwards and backwards, without knowing for sure if she and Barin had done anything wrong, or if going where they had talked about going was forbidden.
On another occasion I had helped the Minids outlast a siege of giant hyenas by reciting a story and obediently shooting one of the besiegers with my besottedness to wholesale ingestion by a leopard.
What Ofelia knew, and Bilong did not, was that the creatures knew exactly where the pickups were, and amused themselves by standing under them reciting .
Baudolino, the Poet, Boron, and Kyot knelt in prayer, while at a slight distance Solomon murmured the litanies that the Jews habitually recite.
As with many such petitions, mine recited that the defendant was being unjustly held, that the defendant was innocent, that hitherto unknown exculpatory evidence had recently come to light, and that the interests of justice would best be served by an expedited hearing on same.
He could hear Malibu in the backseat reciting the litany of an aircraft in distress.
As he had recited the Gayatri mantra, standing waist-deep in the icy flowing water, taking his acamana, he had been aware of eyes watching his back.
He used to recite all the articles in the Ministerialist journals, as if he were saying something original, and in giving his opinion at the Council Board he paraphrased the remarks of the previous speaker.
Then he recited the Misereatur and the Indulgentiam, dipped his right thumb in the oil, and began to give extreme unction.
This is like the school for morals offered by the sermons, the precepts, and the tales which our instructors recite for our especial benefit.
While he recited the message, Randy scuttled toward his ankles, palped his trouser cuffs, and began to climb his leg.