Cite definition

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To quote (a passage, book, speech, writer, etc.)
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To refer to or mention as by way of example, proof, or precedent.
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To summon to appear before a court of law.
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A citation or quotation.
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To mention in a citation.
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(archaic) To stir to action; arouse.
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To mention or bring forward as support, illustration, or proof.

Cited several instances of insubordinate behavior.

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To cite is defined as to tell someone they must appear in court.

An example of to cite is for a policeman to give someone a speeding ticket.

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The definition of cite is to show your source of information.

An example of to cite is the use a footnote to show the source of a quote.

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To cite means to bring someone’s attention to a fact when making a point or giving an example.

An example of to cite is to remind someone of the bad weather when talking about a team losing a game.

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To issue a notice of violation to.

Was cited by the police for jaywalking.

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To quote or refer to (a book or author, for example) as an authority or example in making an argument.
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(law) To refer to (a previous court decision or other legal precedent), as when arguing a case.
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To commend officially for meritorious action in military service.
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To honor formally.
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To make reference to a previous court decision. Often used with to:

The lower court cited to the Supreme Court decision issued last year.

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To bring forward, provide, or refer to as authority, illustration, precedent, proof, or support. A citation to a statute, judicial decision, treatise, or other legal authority.
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To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the words of another.
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To list the source(s) from which one took information, words or literary or verbal context.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cite
Plural:
cites

Origin of cite

  • Middle English citen to summon from Old French citer from Latin citāre keiə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French citer, from Latin citare (“to cause to move, excite, summon”), frequentive of ciēre (“to rouse, excite, call”).

    From Wiktionary