v. cit·ed, cit·ing, cites
a. To quote or refer to (a book or author, for example) as an authority or example in making an argument.
b. Law To refer to (a previous court decision or other legal precedent), as when arguing a case.
2. To mention or bring forward as support, illustration, or proof: cited several instances of insubordinate behavior.
a. To commend officially for meritorious action in military service.
b. To honor formally.
4. To issue a notice of violation to: was cited by the police for jaywalking.
To make reference to a previous court decision. Often used with to: The lower court cited to the Supreme Court decision issued last year.
A citation or quotation.
[Middle English citen, to summon, from Old French citer, from Latin citāre; see keiə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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