Definition of cite in English:

cite

verb

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

    • ‘In partial defense of the language police, citing permissive dictionaries to justify new usage is begging the question.’
    • ‘Did you know your books are cited on a medical textbook web site?’
    • ‘The exclusivity agreement, he said, simply requires ‘that anybody quoting any of the material needs to cite my book.’’
    • ‘In addition, a second newspaper report has now emerged, which has never been cited in the literature.’
    • ‘To answer that question, I want to cite a passage from the election statement of our party.’
    • ‘His work has been cited in the professional literature about 1300 times.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For simplicity, only intermediate metabolites that are cited in the text are indicated.’
    • ‘He cites German passages in the text but also gives complete translations.’
    • ‘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 authors cite this finding as evidence that inflammation may play a role in the development of hypertension.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the data supporting the above-mentioned research is not specifically cited in the article.’
    • ‘Of course, he had actually read the book five times over and could probably cite its passages from memory if he was asked.’
    • ‘So it is worthwhile to see how often his papers have been cited in the scientific literature.’
    • ‘Although he does not cite this particular passage, the author fills his book with similar examples for his scintillating exegesis.’
    • ‘The passages usually cited to support this view are in his opinion largely metaphorical.’
    • ‘Clinicians who recommend books to their clients cite evidence that such readings are effective adjuncts to therapy in many areas.’
    • ‘In so doing, I shall cite many passages from his books in English translation.’
    • ‘The best-known species which are cited by authors are listed below.’
    • ‘This book was cited most frequently by the leading authors.’
    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’
      • ‘Salary is rarely cited as a driving factor.’
      • ‘I'll stop citing examples now, else I'll most probably write a thesis.’
      • ‘And citing the examples I gave above, it's a doctrine with which I absolutely and completely disagree.’
      • ‘Aside from the limited facts I cited earlier, that remains far from the truth.’
      • ‘The number which I cited earlier on is simply for illustrative purposes.’
      • ‘Besides, one should not be citing historical examples.’
      • ‘On this occasion, he began by citing an example from his own highly successful company.’
      • ‘Inactivity is cited as the cause of a third of coronary heart disease cases.’
      • ‘The report also cites the fact that limited access to education continues for many into secondary and tertiary education.’
      • ‘Changes in sea level and temperature have been cited as likely causal factors.’
      • ‘If you see specific instances that concern you in the future please send me a message citing examples.’
      • ‘Performance deficit was cited as the leading cause of error, and distractions were common.’
      • ‘The most commonly cited reason for satisfaction was the availability of knowledgeable faculty in the area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Work stress was the top health concern cited by the survey respondents.’
      • ‘Audience participation has been cited as the most crucial factor in its success.’
      • ‘The report also cited a similar incident in Shanghai.’
      • ‘Inconveniences and time requirements are cited as cause for avoiding or procrastinating office visits.’
      • ‘Following close behind is new product development, which was cited by 37 percent of respondents.’
      refer to, make reference to, mention, allude to, adduce, instance, give as an example, point to
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    2. 1.2Law Refer to a former tried case as a guide to deciding a comparable case or in support of an argument.
      • ‘Legal precedents, then, can be cited to support either side of the argument.’
      • ‘Let's cite foreign courts because they have cited us.’
      • ‘Several cases are cited in support of this.’
      • ‘Further, the argument has no support from the cases cited in the government's brief.’
      • ‘There are several other cases cited by counsel that are also of assistance.’
  • 2Praise (someone, typically a member of the armed forces) for a courageous act in an official dispatch.

    • ‘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 a court of law.

    ‘the summons cited four of the defendants’
    • ‘He was cited for contempt (later overturned) and his passport was lifted.’
    • ‘The firm has been cited for violations of the Clean Air Act.’
    • ‘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 booked into jail, and he was cited for probable cause by the police that he may have committed an aggravated murder.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘I'm not into this enough to get cites; maybe someone else is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of these 24 cites, 14 were by Republicans and 10 by Democrats.’
    • ‘He just checked the cites and published the opinions unchanged.’
    • ‘Soon, no doubt, there will be cites in Latin and Greek, maybe even a quotation from Gilgamesh.’
    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 (sense 3 of the verb), originally with reference to a court of ecclesiastical law): from Old French citer, from Latin citare, from ciere, cire ‘to call’.

Pronunciation

cite

/sīt//saɪt/