v. re·cit·ed, re·cit·ing, re·cites
1. To repeat or utter aloud (something memorized or rehearsed), often before an audience: recite a prayer; recite a poem.
2. To relate in detail: recited to me his tale of woe. See Synonyms at describe.
3. To list or enumerate: The affidavit recites facts about the incident.
1. To deliver a recitation.
2. To repeat lessons prepared or memorized.
[Middle English reciten, from Old French reciter, from Latin recitāre, to read out : re-, re- + citāre, to quote; see CITE.]
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