- To recite is to read something out loud, to tell in detail, or to repeat something you have memorized for an audience.
- When you say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in school from memory, this is an example of when you recite.
- When you list the names of the states in alphabetical order, this is an example of when you recite the names of the states.
transitive verbrecited, reciting
- to repeat or say aloud from or as from memory, esp. in a formal way; give a recitation on (a lesson) in class or of (a poem, speech, etc.) before an audience
- to tell in detail; give an account of; narrate; relate
- to enumerate
Origin of reciteMiddle English reciten ; from Old French reciter ; from Classical Latin recitare: see re- and amp; cite
- to repeat or say aloud something memorized
- ☆ to recite a lesson or part of a lesson in a class
verbre·cit·ed, re·cit·ing, re·cites
- To repeat or utter aloud (something memorized or rehearsed), often before an audience: recite a prayer; recite a poem.
- To relate in detail: recited to me his tale of woe. See Synonyms at describe.
- To list or enumerate: The affidavit recites facts about the incident.
- To deliver a recitation.
- To repeat lessons prepared or memorized.
Origin of reciteMiddle English reciten, from Old French reciter, from Latin recitāre, to read out : re-, re- + citāre, to quote; see cite.
(third-person singular simple present recites, present participle reciting, simple past and past participle recited)
From Latin recitare.