What does recite mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. declaim, reciteverb

    recite in elocution

  2. reciteverb

    repeat aloud from memory

    "she recited a poem"; "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"

  3. recite, retellverb

    render verbally, "recite a poem"

    "retell a story"

  4. tell, narrate, recount, reciteverb

    narrate or give a detailed account of

    "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"

  5. enumerate, recite, itemize, itemiseverb

    specify individually

    "She enumerated the many obstacles she had encountered"; "The doctor recited the list of possible side effects of the drug"


  1. reciteverb

    To repeat aloud some passage, poem or other text previously memorized, often before an audience

  2. reciteverb

    To list or enumerate something

  3. reciteverb

    To deliver a recitation

  4. Etymology: From recitare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recitenoun

    Recital. Not in use.

    Etymology: recit, Fr. from the verb.

    This added to all former recites or observations of long-liv’d races, makes it easy to conclude, that health and long life are the blessings of the poor as well as rich. William Temple.

  2. To RECITEverb

    To rehearse; to repeat; to enumerate; to tell over.

    Etymology: recito, Lat. reciter, Fr.

    While Telephus’s youthful charms,
    His rosy neck, and winding arms,
    With endless rapture you recite,
    And in the tender name delight. Addison.

    The thoughts of gods let Granville’s verse recite,
    And bring the scenes of op’ning fate to light. Alexander Pope.

    If we will recite nine hours in ten,
    You lose your patience. Alexander Pope, Epistles of Horace.


  1. recite

    A recitation in a general sense is the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse or other writing before an audience.Public recitation is the act of reciting a work of writing before an audience.


  1. recite

    Recite refers to the act of orally repeating or delivering from memory a piece of text, poetry, or any sequence of information, often in front of an audience. It can also refer to the action of listing or enumerating items, rules, or details about a particular subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reciteverb

    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

  2. Reciteverb

    to tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate; as, to recite past events; to recite the particulars of a voyage

  3. Reciteverb

    to rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor

  4. Reciteverb

    to state in or as a recital. See Recital, 5

  5. Reciteverb

    to repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned

  6. Recitenoun

    a recital

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recite

    rē-sīt′, v.t. to read aloud from paper, or repeat from memory: to narrate: to give the particulars of.—v.i. to rehearse in public.—ns. Recī′tal, act of reciting: rehearsal: that which is recited: a narration: a vocal or instrumental performance, as a piano recital: (law) that part of a deed which recites the circumstances; Recitation (res-i-tā′shun), act of reciting: a public reading: rehearsal; Recitā′tionist, a public reciter; Recitative (-tēv′), (mus.) a style of song resembling declamation, a kind of union of song and speech.—adj. in the style of recitative.—adv. Recitative′ly, in the manner of recitative.—ns. Recitati′vo (mus.), recitative; Recit′er; Recit′ing-note, a note in chanting on which several syllables are sung. [Fr. réciter—L. recitāre—L. re-, again, citāre, -ātum, to call.]

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  1. tierce

  2. certie

  3. cerite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recite in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of recite in a Sentence

  1. Mohammed Tarafdar:

    I was chained to a tree and beaten by members of the cow protection force. They forced me to recite a Hindu prayer, my religion permits me to eat and sell beef, so why should Hindus have a problem?

  2. Miss Martin:

    It’s called the Veteran’s Day Chapel, no one is forced to participate. No one is forcing them to stand and place their hand over their heart and recite the pledge.

  3. Hiram Sasser:

    So if they choose not to recite the pledge, they stand quietly. Nothing is forced on the child. kids can not be required to say it, but leading in the recitation of it is as constitutional as the national motto In God We Trust.

  4. Thom Tillis:

    It reminds of the shopping channel, the hits of the '80s, you hear it again and again and again and again, i can almost recite the testimony.

  5. Principal Sassano:

    We teach the children to be respectful, so if they choose not to recite the pledge, they stand quietly. Nothing is forced on the child.

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