Definition of cite in English:

cite

Syllabification: cite
Pronunciation: /sīt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Quote (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work.
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  • In scholarly literature, the number of times a journal article or a book is cited by other authors is regarded as an indicator of the relative influence or importance of the item.
  • This book was cited most frequently by the leading authors.
  • To answer that question, I want to cite a passage from the election statement of our party.
Synonyms
quote, reproduce
1.1Mention as an example: medics have been cited as a key example of a modern breed of technical expert
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  • And citing the examples I gave above, it's a doctrine with which I absolutely and completely disagree.
  • Besides, one should not be citing historical examples.
  • I'll stop citing examples now, else I'll most probably write a thesis.
1.2Praise (someone, typically a member of the armed forces) for a courageous act in an official dispatch.
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  • He played him in the centre of defence and cited the converted striker as one of the reasons that his side did not concede.
  • The report also singled out the school's family support worker for praise and cited her work as an exemplar for other schools.
  • So, should you be cited for heroism or indicted for homicide?
Synonyms
commend, pay tribute to, praise
1.3 Law Adduce a former tried case as a guide to deciding a comparable case or in support of an argument.
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  • Further, the argument has no support from the cases cited in the government's brief.
  • Legal precedents, then, can be cited to support either side of the argument.
  • Several cases are cited in support of this.
2 Law Summon (someone) to appear in a court of law: the summons cited four of the defendants
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  • She was cited, promised to appear at a March 27 court hearing in Malibu and then released about 1: 00 am on January 27.
  • In one month, 500 police officers were cited, 280 were called but only five gave evidence.
  • He was booked into jail, and he was cited for probable cause by the police that he may have committed an aggravated murder.
Synonyms
summon, summons, serve with a summons, serve with a writ, subpoena

noun

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A citation.
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  • He just checked the cites and published the opinions unchanged.
  • Soon, no doubt, there will be cites in Latin and Greek, maybe even a quotation from Gilgamesh.
  • I'm not into this enough to get cites; maybe someone else is.

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2 of the verb): from Old French citer, from Latin citare, from ciere, cire 'to call'.

Derivatives

citable

adjective
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  • And if some of the twenty newly citable decisions aren't very carefully worded, then it may take still longer to fully evaluate them, and to craft an argument based on them.
  • Their very individuality is citable as evidence for the prosecution.
  • If foreign decisions were freely citable, it would mean that any judge wanting a supporting citation had only to troll deeply enough in the world's corpus juris to find it.

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