verb (used with object), re·cit·ed, re·cit·ing.
- to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner: to recite a lesson.
- to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
- to give an account of: to recite one’s adventures.
- to enumerate.
verb (used without object), re·cit·ed, re·cit·ing.
- to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
- to recite or repeat something from memory.
- to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
- (tr) to give a detailed account of
- (tr) to enumerate (examples, etc)
early 15c., from Old French reciter (12c.) and directly from Latin recitare “read aloud, read out, repeat from memory, declaim,” from re- “back, again” (see re-) + citare “to summon” (see cite). Related: Recited; reciting.