from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To repeat or utter aloud (something memorized or rehearsed), often before an audience.
  • intransitive verb To relate in detail: synonym: describe.
  • intransitive verb To list or enumerate.
  • intransitive verb To deliver a recitation.
  • intransitive verb To repeat lessons prepared or memorized.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Recital.
  • To repeat or say over, as something previously prepared or committed to memory; rehearse the words of; deliver orally: as, to recite the Litany; to recite a poem.
  • In music, to deliver in recitative.
  • To relate the facts or particulars of; give an account or statement of; tell: as, to recite one's adventures or one's wrongs.
  • To repeat or tell over in writing; set down the words or particulars of; rehearse; cite; quote.
  • Synonyms Cite, Adduce, etc. (see quote); Rehearse, Reiterate, etc. (see recapitulate); enumerate, detail.
  • To make a recitation or rehearsal; rehearse or say over what has been learned: as, to recite in public or in a class.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned.
  • transitive verb To repeat, as something already prepared, written down, committed to memory, or the like; to deliver from a written or printed document, or from recollection; to rehearse.
  • transitive verb To tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate
  • transitive verb To rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor.
  • transitive verb (Law) To state in or as a recital. See Recital, 5.
  • noun obsolete A recital.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To repeat aloud some passage, poem or other text previously memorized, often before an audience
  • verb transitive To list or enumerate something
  • verb intransitive To deliver a recitation

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb recite in elocution
  • verb repeat aloud from memory
  • verb narrate or give a detailed account of
  • verb render verbally,
  • verb specify individually


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English reciten, from Old French reciter, from Latin recitāre, to read out : re-, re- + citāre, to quote; see cite.]

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From Latin recitare.


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