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Definition of "recite" []

  • To repeat or utter aloud (something rehearsed or memorized), especially before an audience. (verb-transitive)
  • To relate in detail. See Synonyms at describe. (verb-transitive)
  • To list or enumerate. (verb-transitive)
  • To deliver a recitation. (verb-intransitive)
  • To repeat lessons prepared or memorized. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recite" in a sentence
  • "Bush could decapitate Christianne Amanpour on CNN (though he'd probably prefer to do it on Fox News), and claim he's learned she's part of a sleeper cell and was about to recite a code word - and that would be legal according to Gonzalez, because he was acting as Commander in Chief on the War in Terror."
  • "As the children variously sing, tap-dance or recite from the works of T. H."
  • "The constitutional catechism that Supreme Court nominees must recite is a way of taking the temperature, so to speak, of particular constitutional controversies and the degree to which they have reached settlement."