Etymology
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cite (v.)

mid-15c., "to summon, call upon officially," from Old French citer "to summon" (14c.), from Latin citare "to summon, urge, call; put in sudden motion, call forward; rouse, excite," frequentative of ciere "to move, set in motion, stir, rouse, call, invite" from PIE root *keie- "to set in motion, to move to and fro."

Sense of "call forth a passage of writing, quote the words of another" is first attested 1530s. Related: Cited; citing.

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Definitions of cite
1
cite (v.)
make reference to;
Synonyms: mention / advert / bring up / name / refer
cite (v.)
commend;
he was cited for his outstanding achievements
Synonyms: mention
cite (v.)
refer to;
Synonyms: reference
cite (v.)
repeat a passage from;
Synonyms: quote
cite (v.)
refer to for illustration or proof;
Synonyms: quote
cite (v.)
advance evidence for;
Synonyms: adduce / abduce
cite (v.)
call in an official matter, such as to attend court;
Synonyms: summon / summons
2
cite (n.)
a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage;
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