cite

To cite something means to do right by whoever said it and give them credit — for instance, if you add a brilliant statement to a paper but you’re not the one who originally wrote it, you should cite, or point to, the original author.

Using cite with the meaning "to reference" or "to note" is just one of several similar uses. A military or other official report can cite someone for an outstanding act of service, and a legal representative can cite individuals, or summon them, to show up in court. To cite a source when writing or verbally repeating something first spoken by someone else is to give a "citation" or "notation" that gives credit where credit is due.

Primary Meanings of cite

1.
vn
make reference to
a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
2.
v
commend
3.
v
call in an official matter, such as to attend court
Full Definitions of cite
1

v make reference to

Synonyms:
advert, bring up, mention, name, refer
Types:
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commend, remember
mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
speak of the devil
mention someone's name who just then appears
remember
mention favorably, as in prayer
quote
refer to for illustration or proof
touch on
refer to or discuss briefly
appeal, invoke
cite as an authority; resort to
namedrop
refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
bring up, raise
put forward for consideration or discussion
drag up, dredge up
mention something unpleasant from the past
cross-refer
refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
Type of:
have in mind, mean, think of
intend to refer to

v refer to

Synonyms:
reference
Type of:
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work

v refer to for illustration or proof

Synonyms:
quote
quote
repeat a passage from
Type of:
advert, bring up, mention, name, refer
make reference to

v advance evidence for

Synonyms:
abduce, adduce
Type of:
bear witness, evidence, prove, show, testify
provide evidence for

v repeat a passage from

Synonyms:
quote
quote
refer to for illustration or proof
Types:
misquote
quote incorrectly
Type of:
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
to say, state, or perform again

n a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

Synonyms:
acknowledgment, citation, credit, mention, quotation, reference
Types:
photo credit
a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
cross-index, cross-reference
a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
Type of:
annotation, notation, note
a comment or instruction (usually added)
2

v commend

“he was cited for his outstanding achievements”
Synonyms:
mention
Type of:
acknowledge, notice
express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
3

v call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Synonyms:
summon, summons
Types:
vouch
summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title
demand
summon to court
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come

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