Definition of cite in English:

cite

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Refer to (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work:

    ‘authors who are highly regarded by their peers tend to be cited’
    ‘he does not cite any source for this assertion’
    • ‘Clinicians who recommend books to their clients cite evidence that such readings are effective adjuncts to therapy in many areas.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the data supporting the above-mentioned research is not specifically cited in the article.’
    • ‘The authors cite this finding as evidence that inflammation may play a role in the development of hypertension.’
    • ‘I think we have a picture of one of them we can show, and he sometimes cited your book on government waste, quite favorably.’
    • ‘The exclusivity agreement, he said, simply requires ‘that anybody quoting any of the material needs to cite my book.’’
    • ‘The passages usually cited to support this view are in his opinion largely metaphorical.’
    • ‘So it is worthwhile to see how often his papers have been cited in the scientific literature.’
    • ‘For simplicity, only intermediate metabolites that are cited in the text are indicated.’
    • ‘Of course, he had actually read the book five times over and could probably cite its passages from memory if he was asked.’
    • ‘In addition, a second newspaper report has now emerged, which has never been cited in the literature.’
    • ‘His work has been cited in the professional literature about 1300 times.’
    • ‘Although he does not cite this particular passage, the author fills his book with similar examples for his scintillating exegesis.’
    • ‘This book was cited most frequently by the leading authors.’
    • ‘In so doing, I shall cite many passages from his books in English translation.’
    • ‘Did you know your books are cited on a medical textbook web site?’
    • ‘The best-known species which are cited by authors are listed below.’
    • ‘In scholarly literature, the number of times a journal article or a book is cited by other authors is regarded as an indicator of the relative influence or importance of the item.’
    • ‘To answer that question, I want to cite a passage from the election statement of our party.’
    • ‘In partial defense of the language police, citing permissive dictionaries to justify new usage is begging the question.’
    • ‘He cites German passages in the text but also gives complete translations.’
    quote, reproduce
    refer to, make reference to, mention, allude to, adduce, instance, give as an example, point to
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    1. 1.1 Mention as an example:
      ‘medics have been cited as a key example of a modern breed of technical expert’
      • ‘Performance deficit was cited as the leading cause of error, and distractions were common.’
      • ‘Audience participation has been cited as the most crucial factor in its success.’
      • ‘The most commonly cited reason for satisfaction was the availability of knowledgeable faculty in the area.’
      • ‘The report also cited a similar incident in Shanghai.’
      • ‘The report also cites the fact that limited access to education continues for many into secondary and tertiary education.’
      • ‘Following close behind is new product development, which was cited by 37 percent of respondents.’
      • ‘Inconveniences and time requirements are cited as cause for avoiding or procrastinating office visits.’
      • ‘Besides, one should not be citing historical examples.’
      • ‘The number which I cited earlier on is simply for illustrative purposes.’
      • ‘Work stress was the top health concern cited by the survey respondents.’
      • ‘I'll stop citing examples now, else I'll most probably write a thesis.’
      • ‘Salary is rarely cited as a driving factor.’
      • ‘Aside from the limited facts I cited earlier, that remains far from the truth.’
      • ‘Inactivity is cited as the cause of a third of coronary heart disease cases.’
      • ‘And citing the examples I gave above, it's a doctrine with which I absolutely and completely disagree.’
      • ‘On this occasion, he began by citing an example from his own highly successful company.’
      • ‘They cite approvingly the proliferation of anti-corporate lawsuits and pressure campaigns by community groups and trade unions.’
      • ‘Some reports also cite incidents of physical abuse.’
      • ‘If you see specific instances that concern you in the future please send me a message citing examples.’
      • ‘Changes in sea level and temperature have been cited as likely causal factors.’
      refer to, make reference to, mention, allude to, adduce, instance, give as an example, point to
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  • 2Praise (someone, typically a member of the armed forces) in an official report for a courageous act:

    ‘he has been cited many times for his contributions in the intelligence area’
    • ‘So, should you be cited for heroism or indicted for homicide?’
    • ‘The report also singled out the school's family support worker for praise and cited her work as an exemplar for other schools.’
    • ‘He played him in the centre of defence and cited the converted striker as one of the reasons that his side did not concede.’
    commend, pay tribute to, praise, recognize, give recognition to
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  • 3Summon (someone) to appear in court:

    ‘the writ cited only four of the signatories of the petition’
    • ‘He was booked into jail, and he was cited for probable cause by the police that he may have committed an aggravated murder.’
    • ‘She was cited, promised to appear at a March 27 court hearing in Malibu and then released about 1: 00 am on January 27.’
    • ‘He was cited for contempt (later overturned) and his passport was lifted.’
    • ‘The firm has been cited for violations of the Clean Air Act.’
    • ‘In one month, 500 police officers were cited, 280 were called but only five gave evidence.’
    summon, summons, serve with a summons, subpoena, serve with a writ, call
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noun

US
  • A citation.

    • ‘All of the early cites for the expression are clustered around 1888-1889, when sports writers and others began using it in a rather faddish manner.’
    • ‘He just checked the cites and published the opinions unchanged.’
    • ‘Of these 24 cites, 14 were by Republicans and 10 by Democrats.’
    • ‘Soon, no doubt, there will be cites in Latin and Greek, maybe even a quotation from Gilgamesh.’
    • ‘I'm not into this enough to get cites; maybe someone else is.’
    citation, quote, reference, mention, allusion, excerpt, extract, selection, passage, line, cutting, clip, clipping, snippet, reading, section, piece, part, fragment, portion, paragraph, verse, stanza, canto, sentence, phrase
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Origin

Late Middle English (in cite, originally with reference to a court of ecclesiastical law): from Old French citer, from Latin citare, from ciere, cire to call.

Pronunciation

cite

/sʌɪt/