recite

You are showing off your ability to recite, or repeat aloud from memory, when you say the entire text of "The Gettysburg Address" or name all the past winners of your town’s asparagus eating contest.

Recite entered the English language as a legal term but is now more often used in the realms of education, literature, and religion. Children in school may be assigned a famous poem to recite in front of the class or be tested on how well they can recite their multiplication tables. In many religious traditions, being able to recite passages of sacred texts is an important part of practicing the religion.

Definitions of recite
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v repeat aloud from memory

“she recited a poem”
“The pupil recited his lesson for the day”
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spell, spell out
orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of
say
recite or repeat a fixed text
rattle down, rattle off, reel off, roll off, spiel off
recite volubly or extravagantly
count
name or recite the numbers in ascending order
misspell
spell incorrectly
count down
count backwards; before detonating a bomb, for example
Type of:
echo, repeat
to say again or imitate

v recite in elocution

Synonyms:
declaim
Types:
elocute
declaim in an elocutionary manner
perorate
deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
scan
read metrically
Type of:
do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

v render verbally, "recite a poem"

Synonyms:
retell
Type of:
re-create
create anew

v narrate or give a detailed account of

Synonyms:
narrate, recount, tell
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relate
give an account of
crack
tell spontaneously
yarn
tell or spin a yarn
rhapsodise, rhapsodize
recite a rhapsody
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v specify individually

“The doctor recited the list of possible side effects of the drug”
Synonyms:
enumerate, itemise, itemize
Types:
list, name
give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of
Type of:
identify, name
give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property

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