Definition of recite verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    recite

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsaɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recite
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsaɪt//
     
    he / she / it recites
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsaɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsaɪts//
     
    past simple recited
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsaɪtɪd//
     
    past participle recited
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsaɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form reciting
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsaɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsaɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] recite (something) (to somebody) | recite what… | + speech to say a poem, piece of literature, etc. that you have learned, especially to an audience Each child had to recite a poem to the class. Wordfindercouplet, image, lyric, poetry, recite, refrain, rhyme, scansion, stanza, verse
  2. 2[transitive] recite something (to somebody) | recite what… | + speech to say a list or series of things They recited all their grievances to me. She could recite a list of all the kings and queens.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a legal term in the sense ‘state (a fact) in a document’): from Old French reciter or Latin recitare ‘read out’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + citare ‘cite’.
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