July 06, 2016
recite (verb)
\rih-SYTE\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to repeat from memory or read aloud before an audience2 : to tell all the details of3 : to answer questions about a lesson
How do you use it?
The poet recited his latest piece before an attentive audience at the poetry reading.
Are you a word wiz?

From which of these Latin roots do you think the word "recite" springs?

If you chose C, you're right! The Latin verb "citare," meaning "to summon," is the root of "recite." When combined with the Latin prefix "re-," meaning "again," it forms the verb "recitare," which means "to call to mind, to summon from memory." English "recite" first appeared in the 15th century, originally as a legal term. "Citare" also gave us the English verbs "cite," "incite," and "excite."
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