Definition of cite verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    cite

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//saɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cite
     
    he / she / it cites
     
    past simple cited
     
    -ing form citing
     
     
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  1. 1cite something (as something) to mention something as a reason or an example, or in order to support what you are saying She cited her heavy workload as the reason for her breakdown. Thesaurusmentionrefer to somebody/something speak of/about somebody/something cite quoteThese words all mean to write or speak about someone or something, often in order to give an example or prove something.mention to write or speak about someone or something, especially without giving much information:Nobody mentioned anything to me about the party.refer to somebody/something (somewhat formal) to mention or speak about someone or something:I promised not to refer to the matter again.speak of/about somebody/something to mention or describe someone or something:Witnesses spoke of a great ball of flame.cite (formal) to mention something as a reason or an example, or in order to support what you are saying:She cited her heavy workload as the reason for her breakdown.quote to mention an example of something to support what you are saying:Can you quote me an instance of this happening?cite or quote?You can cite reasons or examples, but you can only quote examples:She quoted her heavy workload as the reason for her breakdown.Cite is a more formal word than quote and is often used in more formal situations, for example in descriptions of legal cases.Patterns to mention/refer to/speak of/cite/quote somebody/something as somebody/something to mention/refer to/cite/quote a(n) example/instance/case of something frequently/often mentioned/referred to/spoken of/cited/quoted the example mentioned/referred to/cited/quoted above/earlier/previously
  2. 2cite something to speak or write the exact words from a book, an author, etc. synonym quote He cited a passage from the President's speech.
  3. 3cite somebody (for something) (law) to order someone to appear in court; to name someone officially in a legal case He was cited for contempt of court. She was cited in the divorce proceedings.
  4. 4cite somebody (for something) to mention someone officially or publicly because they deserve special praise He was cited for bravery.
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