Definition of cite in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪt/


[with object]
1Refer to (a passage, book, or author) as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement, especially in a scholarly work: authors who are highly regarded by their peers tend to be cited he does not cite any source for this assertion
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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.
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.
2Praise (someone, typically a member of the armed forces) in an official report for a courageous act: he has been cited many times for his contributions in the intelligence area
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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?
commend, pay tribute to, praise, recognize, give recognition to
3Summon (someone) to appear in court: the writ cited only four of the signatories of the petition
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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.
summon, summons, serve with a summons, subpoena, serve with a writ, call


A citation.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪtəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late Middle English (in sense 3 of the verb, originally with reference to a court of ecclesiastical law): from Old French citer, from Latin citare, from ciere, cire 'to call'.

  • recite from Late Middle English:

    This was first used as a legal term in the sense ‘state (a fact) in a document’, but the sense ‘repeat aloud something learned by heart’ soon followed. It comes via French from Latin recitare ‘read out’, from re- (a sense intensifier here) and citare ‘cite’, source of cite (Late Middle English) which originally meant to summon someone to court.

Words that rhyme with cite

affright, alight, alright, aright, bedight, bight, bite, blight, bright, byte, dight, Dwight, excite, fight, flight, fright, goodnight, height, ignite, impolite, indict, indite, invite, kite, knight, light, lite, might, mite, night, nite, outfight, outright, plight, polite, quite, right, rite, sight, site, skintight, skite, sleight, slight, smite, Snow-white, spite, sprite, tight, tonight, trite, twite, underwrite, unite, uptight, white, wight, wright, write

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