Definitions for: Cite


[v] call in an official matter, such as to attend court
[v] advance evidence for
[v] commend; "he was cited for his outstanding achievements"
[v] repeat a passage from; "He quoted the Bible to her"
[v] refer to for illustration or proof; "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"
[v] make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
[v] refer to



Webster (1913) Definition: Cite, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cited; p. pr. & vb. n.
Citing] [F. citer, fr. L. citare, intens. of cire,
ci[=e]re, to put in motion, to excite; akin to Gr.? to go,
Skr. ? to sharpen.]
1. To call upon officially or authoritatively to appear, as
before a court; to summon.

The cited dead, Of all past ages, to the general
doom Shall hasten. --Milton.

Cited by finger of God. --De Quincey.

2. To urge; to enjoin. [R.] --Shak.

3. To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the
words of another.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
--Shak.

4. To refer to or specify, as for support, proof,
illustration, or confirmation.

The imperfections which you have cited. --Shak.

5. To bespeak; to indicate. [Obs.]

Aged honor cites a virtuous youth. --Shak.

6. (Law) To notify of a proceeding in court. --Abbot

Syn: To quote; mention, name; refer to; adduce; select; call;
summon. See Quote.

Synonyms: abduce, adduce, mention, quote, reference, summon, summons

See Also: acknowledge, advert, appeal, bear witness, bring up, call, commend, compose, cross-refer, demand, drag up, dredge up, evidence, have in mind, indite, ingeminate, invoke, iterate, mean, misquote, name, namedrop, notice, pen, prove, raise, refer, reiterate, remember, repeat, restate, retell, send for, show, speak of the devil, testify, think of, touch on, vouch, vouch in, write

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