- an act of reciting.
- a reciting or repeating of something from memory, especially formally or publicly.
- oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
- a period of classroom instruction.
- an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
- a piece so delivered or for such delivery.
- the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
- something recited
late 15c., “act of detailing,” from Old French récitation (14c.) and directly from Latin recitationem (nominative recitatio) “public reading, a reading aloud,” noun of action from past participle stem of recitare (see recite). Meaning “act of repeating aloud” is from 1620s; that of “repetition of a prepared lesson” is first recorded 1770, American English.