Etymology
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recite (v.)

early 15c., "state something" (in legal proceedings); mid-15c., "relate the facts or particulars of," from Old French reciter (12c.) and directly from Latin recitare "read aloud, read out, repeat from memory, declaim," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + citare "to summon" (see cite). Intransitive sense of "make a recitation, repeat something from memory" is by 1742. Related: Recited; reciting.

updated on May 19, 2021

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