Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A recital.
  • intransitive v. To repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned.
  • transitive v. 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 v. To tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate
  • transitive v. To rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor.
  • transitive v. To state in or as a recital. See Recital, 5.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. Recital.

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

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

Etymologies

Middle English reciten, from Old French reciter, from Latin recitāre, to read out : re-, re- + citāre, to quote; see cite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recitare. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Chris Durang: Congress, Don't Let the Decider Bomb Iran

  • As the children variously sing, tap-dance or recite from the works of T. H.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • 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.

    Balkinization

  • Helen went to the Royal Academy, but when asked to deliver her report upon the pictures she began to recite from a pale blue volume, O! for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still.

    Monday or Tuesday

  • This is especially true for professors who (1) largely recite from the book; and (2) call on people who don’t know what they’re talking about but keep asking them questions.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Laptops in Class Redux

  • Iqra, "recite," the angel had told him, and thus the stirring opening lines of the Quran -- "the recitation" -- came into being.

    'After the Prophet'

  • Since these altered texts differ from those still retained in the Missal, choirs which "recite" the texts will do so from the Vatican "Gradual", and not from the Missal.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • I told him I would favour the company with a display of my elocutionary abilities, but purposely withheld the title of the selection which I meant to recite, meaning at the proper time to surprise my hearers.

    Fibble, D.D.

  • Gabriel (or Jibreel) to "recite" the message of Allah (Arabic for God).

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • So I thought I'd use my blog to "recite" them as well.

    Risley Ranch

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