AskDefine | Define recite

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1 recite in elocution [syn: declaim]
2 repeat aloud from memory; "she recited a poem"; "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"
3 render verbally, "recite a poem"; "retell a story" [syn: retell]
4 narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child" [syn: tell, narrate, recount]
5 specify individually; "She enumerated the many obstacles she had encountered"; "The doctor recited the list of possible side effects of the drug" [syn: enumerate, itemize, itemise]

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From recitare.


  1. To repeat aloud some passage, poem or other text previously memorized, often before an audience
  2. To list or enumerate something
  3. To deliver a recitation

Related terms



  1. Plural of recita

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