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recitation (n.)

late 15c., recitacion, "account, description, act of detailing, recital," from Old French récitation (14c.) and directly from Latin recitationem (nominative recitatio) "public reading, a reading aloud of judicial decrees or literary works," noun of action from past-participle stem of recitare "read out, read aloud" (see recite).

Meaning "act of repeating aloud what has been committed to memory" is from 1620s; that of "repetition of a prepared lesson" by a pupil or students is by 1770, American English.

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Definitions of recitation from WordNet

recitation (n.)
written matter that is recited from memory;
recitation (n.)
a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance;
the program included songs and recitations of well-loved poems
Synonyms: recital / reading
recitation (n.)
a regularly scheduled session as part of a course of study;
Synonyms: course session / class period
recitation (n.)
systematic training by multiple repetitions;
Synonyms: exercise / practice / drill / practice session
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