- 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.
To recite is to read something out loud, to tell in detail, or to repeat something you have memorized for an audience.
- 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 recitare, to read out : re-, re- + citare, to quote; see cite.
(third-person singular simple present recites, present participle reciting, simple past and past participle recited)
From Latin recitare.