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Definition to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem


to say in detail — especially a list of things

The noun form, recitation, normally refers to the act of reciting or to what was recited; however, much more rarely, it can refer to a session in which a teaching assistant reviews and expands on a teacher's lecture.
  • She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
  • The doctor recited the list of possible side effects of the drug.
  • recited = listed aloud
  • The children recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • recited = said aloud
  • Why she frowned when a child recited from The Grit Paper I never knew,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • recited = told a story
  • MARY WARREN: Aye, but then Judge Hathorne say, "Recite for us your commandments!"
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • recite = say aloud from memory
  • He recited the alphabet for Zero, then Zero repeated it without a single mistake.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • recited = said out loud
  • The class recited the standard response in unison.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • recited = said aloud (from memory)
  • Afterwards there were recitations of poems composed in Napoleon's honor, and a speech by Squealer giving particulars of the latest increases in the production of foodstuffs, and on occasion a shot was fired from the gun.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • recitations = the reading (or saying aloud from memory)
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • And when the war's over, some day, some year, the books can be written again, the people will be called in, one by one, to recite what they know and we'll set it up in type until another Dark Age, when we might have to do the whole damn thing over again.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • recite = say aloud (from memory)
  • Abuela knows each poem by heart, and recites them quite dramatically.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • recites = to say or read something aloud
  • I recited "The Chambered Nautilus," which was then my favorite poem.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • recited = said aloud lines previously memorized
  • She wanted to recite the poem to her class when school reopened.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • recite = say aloud
  • As she continued to recite his rights, a flash from her eyes had the federal deputies and onlookers backing off.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • recite = said aloud (something previously memorized)
  • "'It is better,'" I recited piously, "'to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house with a contentious woman."
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • recited = to say (from memory) or read something aloud
  • What are you going to recite, Anne?
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • recite = to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem


    to say in detail — especially a list of things
  • They could recite the whole thing any time of the year because it was the poem of Christmas.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • recite = say something previously memorized aloud
  • Some guys in school hardly ever get up to recite or go to the blackboard.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • recite = say or read aloud
  • We are to get this poem by heart, twenty lines a night to be recited every morning.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • recited = said aloud
  • Her voice had got mechanical, like she was reciting a story she'd read in the newspaper -one that didn't have anything to do with her.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • reciting = saying or reading something aloud
  • It was hard to relax with Hermione next to you reciting the twelve uses of dragon's blood or practicing wand movements.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
reciting = saying aloud

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