Definition of recite in US English:

recite

verb

[with object]
  • 1Repeat aloud or declaim (a poem or passage) from memory before an audience.

    ‘we provided our own entertainment by singing and reciting poetry’
    • ‘I prayed five times a day by bowing to Mecca and reciting passages from the Koran.’
    • ‘The younger children put on a play, entitled ‘The Wonderful Field’, while the others sang songs and recited nursery rhymes.’
    • ‘As long as she was on the stage, they all stood correctly; simultaneously reciting a poem they had learned just for the occasion.’
    • ‘While imprisoned for the night, he famously kept his spirits up by singing ballads and reciting passages from the Bible.’
    • ‘Burns has always been a living tradition in our family; people were always reciting his poems and songs.’
    • ‘Friends of the 16-year-old recited poems and readings in her memory at a special assembly this week.’
    • ‘We talked about our families for a bit and then he recited a poem.’
    • ‘Walker recites a poem referred to several times in the film.’
    • ‘He concluded by reciting a poem ‘Remembrance’ which was written by a young girl.’
    • ‘Sonia recited her poem for all the classes in the school at the final School Assembly on Friday 2nd of April.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to sing a song or recite a poem is welcome to do so.’
    • ‘It was an opportunity for the student poets to recite their poems.’
    • ‘There are books to help children with their maths and science and teach them to recite poems and sing songs.’
    • ‘His daughter, having been made to strip naked in a scene so well written as to be almost unbearable, recites a poem.’
    • ‘They even recited a poem on kites, written specially for the occasion.’
    • ‘The mother, never idle, lays her workbox aside and throws her sewing work over the arm of her chair to listen solicitously as her daughter recites a passage from the Bible.’
    • ‘Incense is passed around, poems are recited, a lute is played, and songs are sung.’
    • ‘The teachers told the children about the significance of the day while the tiny tots recited poems on the occasion.’
    • ‘She can still recite passages from Sir Walter Scott's epic poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’.’
    • ‘Michael Franti stood on the stage quietly in front of 20,000 activists and recited a poem.’
    repeat from memory, say aloud, read aloud, declaim, quote, speak, deliver, render
    give a recitation, say a poem, perform
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    1. 1.1 State (names, facts, etc.) in order.
      ‘she recited the dates and names of kings and queens’
      • ‘Driving toward town, we pass a row of farms, and Hanson recites the names of families who worked them back when he was a child.’
      • ‘As each of their names was recited, a poppy was dropped from a museum balcony.’
      • ‘Grayson makes maps, recites facts, and creates bogus diagrams.’
      • ‘It's got to be hard to be in a sound booth and recite bird names for bird CDs for hours on end.’
      • ‘He recited fifteen names and then said there were several more whose names he could not recollect.’
      • ‘I recite these names in part to illustrate the wide geographic dispersal of the scholars.’
      • ‘He recited the names of the Nobel laureates in Physics since 1901, their country and their research.’
      • ‘At school Damian tries to fit in, but when asked to name people he admires, unlike the other children in the class, he recites the names of historical saints rather than contemporary sports personalities.’
      • ‘She had to recite the names of the months in English and the numbers, one, two, three to him.’
      • ‘Her voice was cold as if she was merely reciting facts from a textbook.’
      • ‘He recites names, dates, places and conversations from childhood up to now.’
      • ‘Perhaps one can only recite the facts, and I have mentioned only some of them here.’
      • ‘But every time we leave, she calls us back in, and weeps and laughs and touches our faces and recites our names, till my daughters get very puzzled and dart sidelong glances at me.’
      • ‘He pokes the figures with a prong and recites the names.’
      • ‘Aitken recited the names and numbers of all the members of his platoon.’
      • ‘Mr Goss sees no danger and is eager to recite statistics that paint a bright picture of his operation's future.’
      • ‘When I read these names I feel like that young man reciting the names of the stations on the Paris metro.’
      • ‘He didn't have a clue who I was, so was quite shocked when I leant across to recite his name and address.’
      • ‘She recites the facts of his death the way they came to her… just as she was told them.’
      • ‘The children were asked to recollect and recite the names of other participants!’
      enumerate, list, detail, itemize, reel off, rattle off
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a legal term in the sense ‘state (a fact) in a document’): from Old French reciter or Latin recitare ‘read out’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + citare ‘cite’.

Pronunciation

recite

/rəˈsīt//rəˈsaɪt/