from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To quote as an authority or example.
- transitive v. To mention or bring forward as support, illustration, or proof: cited several instances of insubordinate behavior.
- transitive v. To commend officially for meritorious action in military service.
- transitive v. To honor formally.
- transitive v. To summon before a court of law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the words of another.
- v. To list the source(s) from which one took information, words or literary or verbal context.
- v. To summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To call upon officially or authoritatively to appear, as before a court; to summon.
- transitive v. To urge; to enjoin.
- transitive v. To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the words of another.
- transitive v. To refer to or specify, as for support, proof, illustration, or confirmation.
- transitive v. To bespeak; to indicate.
- transitive v. To notify of a proceeding in court.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To call upon officially or authoritatively to appear; summon before a person or tribunal; give legal or official notice to appear in court to answer or defend.
- To call to action; rouse; urge; incite.
- To quote; name or repeat, as a passage from a book or the words of another.
- To refer to in support, proof, or confirmation: as, to cite an authority or a precedent in proof of a point in law.
- To mention; recount; recite.
- To bespeak; argue; evidence; denote.
- Synonyms and Recite, Adduce, etc. See adduce and quote.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
- v. commend
- v. repeat a passage from
- v. advance evidence for
- v. refer to for illustration or proof
- v. call in an official matter, such as to attend court
- v. refer to
- v. make reference to
Middle English citen, to summon, from Old French citer, from Latin citāre; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French citer, from Latin citare ("to cause to move, excite, summon"), frequentive of ciēre ("to rouse, excite, call"). (Wiktionary)