from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To repeat or utter aloud (something rehearsed or memorized), especially before an audience.
- transitive v. To relate in detail. See Synonyms at describe.
- transitive v. To list or enumerate.
- intransitive v. To deliver a recitation.
- intransitive v. To repeat lessons prepared or memorized.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To repeat aloud some passage, poem or other text previously memorized, often before an audience
- v. To list or enumerate something
- v. To deliver a recitation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To repeat, as something already prepared, written down, committed to memory, or the like; to deliver from a written or printed document, or from recollection; to rehearse.
- transitive v. To tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate
- transitive v. To rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor.
- transitive v. To state in or as a recital. See Recital, 5.
- intransitive v. To repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned.
- n. A recital.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To repeat or say over, as something previously prepared or committed to memory; rehearse the words of; deliver orally: as, to recite the Litany; to recite a poem.
- In music, to deliver in recitative.
- To relate the facts or particulars of; give an account or statement of; tell: as, to recite one's adventures or one's wrongs.
- To repeat or tell over in writing; set down the words or particulars of; rehearse; cite; quote.
- Synonyms Cite, Adduce, etc. (see quote); Rehearse, Reiterate, etc. (see recapitulate); enumerate, detail.
- To make a recitation or rehearsal; rehearse or say over what has been learned: as, to recite in public or in a class.
- n. Recital.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. recite in elocution
- v. repeat aloud from memory
- v. narrate or give a detailed account of
- v. render verbally,
- v. specify individually
Middle English reciten, from Old French reciter, from Latin recitāre, to read out : re-, re- + citāre, to quote; see cite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recitare. (Wiktionary)