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

  • n. The act of reciting memorized materials in a public performance.
  • n. The material so presented.
  • n. Oral delivery of prepared lessons by a pupil.
  • n. The class period within which this delivery occurs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of publicly reciting something previously memorized.
  • n. The material recited.
  • n. A regularly scheduled class, in a school, in which discussion occurs of the material covered in a parallel lecture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reciting; rehearsal; repetition of words or sentences.
  • n. The delivery before an audience of something committed to memory, especially as an elocutionary exhibition; also, that which is so delivered.
  • n. The rehearsal of a lesson by pupils before their instructor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reciting or repeating what has been committed to memory; the oral delivery of a composition without the text, especially as a public exercise or performance.
  • n. The rehearsal by a pupil or student of a lesson or exercise to a teacher or other person; a meeting of a class for the purpose of being orally examined in a lesson.
  • n. In music:
  • n. Same as recitative.
  • n. Same as reciting-note.

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

  • n. written matter that is recited from memory
  • n. a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
  • n. a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study
  • n. systematic training by multiple repetitions


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  • The decision was written in such a way that I had a hard time discerning the factual time line of this case, but I believe that the following factual recitation is correct.

    New York Civil Procedure

  • Know, O King, that last night I was at a party where they made a perfection of the Koran and got together doctors of law and religion skilled in recitation and intoning; and, when the readers ended, the table was spread and amongst other things they set before us was a marinated ragout553 flavoured with cumin seed.

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  • The scene, containing much recitation, is long and well told.

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  • There seems to be little doubt that public school teachers could not lead classes in recitation of that version of the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day.


  • Her girls listened with grave attention; and by eagerly putting a question, whenever she showed signs of running down, they managed to stave off the Latin recitation for three quarters of an hour.

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper must explain how it is possible that almost half of the major speech he delivered in House of Commons 20 March 2003 calling for Canadian troops to be sent to the War on Iraq was a word-for-word recitation of the speech Australian Prime Minister John Howard delivered less than a day and a half before, said Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Bob Rae.

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  • These genealogies are sacred and their recitation is a great act of propitiation.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Translated into English Prose Adi Parva

  • Sometimes the recitation is a piteous description of the agony of the

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860

  • Eastern or Western, the Divine Office may be defined as the recitation of the Psalter with accompanying antiphons, lections, prayers, canticles, etc., and the nucleus is the more or less regular distribution of the Psalter through the Canonical Hours, generally of one week.

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