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
  1. verb
    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
    recite or repeat a fixed text
    rattle down, rattle off, reel off, roll off, spiel off
    recite volubly or extravagantly
    name or recite the numbers in ascending order
    spell incorrectly
    count down
    count backwards; before detonating a bomb, for example
    type of:
    echo, repeat
    to say again or imitate
  2. verb
    recite in elocution
    synonyms: declaim
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    declaim in an elocutionary manner
    deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
    read metrically
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    do, execute, perform
    carry out or perform an action
  3. verb
    render verbally, "recite a poem"
    synonyms: retell
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    create anew
  4. verb
    narrate or give a detailed account of
    synonyms: narrate, recount, tell
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    give an account of
    tell spontaneously
    tell or spin a yarn
    rhapsodise, rhapsodize
    recite a rhapsody
    type of:
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  5. verb
    specify individually
    “The doctor recited the list of possible side effects of the drug”
    synonyms: enumerate, itemise, itemize
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    list, name
    give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of
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    identify, name
    give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
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