• WordNet 3.6
    • v cite call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • v cite advance evidence for
    • v cite commend "he was cited for his outstanding achievements"
    • v cite repeat a passage from "He quoted the Bible to her"
    • v cite refer to for illustration or proof "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"
    • v cite make reference to "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
    • v cite refer to "he referenced his colleagues' work"
    • n cite a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage "the student's essay failed to list several important citations","the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book","the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cite To bespeak; to indicate. "Aged honor cites a virtuous youth."
    • Cite 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."
      "Cited by finger of God."
    • Cite (Law) To notify of a proceeding in court.
    • Cite To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the words of another. "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
    • Cite To refer to or specify, as for support, proof, illustration, or confirmation. "The imperfections which you have cited ."
    • Cite To urge; to enjoin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cite To call upon officially or authoritatively to appear; summon before a person or tribunal; give legal or official notice to appear in court to answer or defend.
    • cite To call to action; rouse; urge; incite.
    • cite To quote; name or repeat, as a passage from a book or the words of another.
    • cite To refer to in support, proof, or confirmation: as, to cite an authority or a precedent in proof of a point in law.
    • cite To mention; recount; recite.
    • cite To bespeak; argue; evidence; denote.
    • cite Synonyms and Recite, Adduce, etc. See adduce and quote.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cite sīt to call or summon: to summon to answer in court: to quote: to name: to adduce as proof
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
  • Seneca
    “I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. citer, fr. L. citare, intens. of cire, ciēre, to put in motion, to excite; akin to Gr. to go, Skr. to sharpen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. citāre, -ātum, to call, inten. of ciēre, cīre, to make to go.


In literature:

I think upon this point I can cite an authority that will command universal respect.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The story cited in the last chapter from Giraldus describes a seduction of a different kind.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
We can cite no better example than the human subject.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
This is somewhat at variance with the extract last cited.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
Cited before the court, 210.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
If I may depend upon a rough mental computation, no prose writer of the nineteenth century is so frequently cited.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
The examples cited by the psychologists, as well as the generalizations which they derive, bear out this interpretation.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Seven different forms of marriage restriction may be cited to show what is possible.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
I will, therefore, do no more than cite one Latin poet.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
Cases of conflicting ethical judgments of another kind may be easily cited.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky

In poetry:

His blood the fiery law did quench,
Its summons need not scare;
Tho't cite thee to Heav'n's awful bench,
Thy Husband's at the bar.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
I can readily cite you an instance
Where a lovely young lady of Breem,
Who was tender and sweet,
And delicious to eat,
Fell into the bay with a scream.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin
Though the Barrister tried to appeal to its pride
And vainly proceeded to cite
A number of cases, in which making laces
Had proved an infringement of right.
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
Though the Barrister tried to appeal to its pride,
And vainly proceeded to cite
A number of cases, in which making laces
Had been proved an infringement of right.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Of all the doctors I could cite you to in this-'ere town
Doc Sifers is my favorite, jes' take him up and down!
Count in the Bethel Neighberhood, and Rollins, and Big Bear,
And Sifers' standin's jes' as good as ary doctor's there!
"Doc Sifers" by James Whitcomb Riley
- You cite exceptions, madam, that are sad,
But come in the red struggle of our growth.
Alas, that I should have to say it! bad
Is two-sexed upon earth: this which you do,
Shows animal impatience, mental sloth:
Man monstrous! pining seraphs you!
"A Ballad Of Fair Ladies In Revolt" by George Meredith

In news:

Shares of Curtiss -Wright slid nearly 9 percent in premarket trading on Friday as the aerospace and defense supplier slashed its third-quarter and full-year earnings forecasts, citing a recent strike and other factors.
New York City Comptroller John C Liu has rejected a proposed $65 million contract to extend custodial services for city school buildings for one year, citing an unexplained increase of $20 million.
Suspended shipments in Japan of its 59 diacylglycerol ( DAG ) oil-based products, citing the presence of glycidol esters.
The company cited a weak economy and poor sales and plans to shutter the plant by the end of January.
Citing weather and other complaints, former Misfits frontman threatens to cancel Austin gig, starts 45 minutes late.
One frequently cited industry prediction has some 10,000 screens potentially going dark as a result.
SAN ANTONIO, March 9— The Datapoint Corporation, citing an "adverse business climate," said it had indefinitely postponed its plans to build a $50 million headquarters here.
Prosecutors have declined to file a date-rape charge against Los Angeles Kings star Drew Doughty, citing insufficient evidence.
Local prisoner cites 180- day rule .
Rising fuel prices and the general higher cost of doing business are being cited for the move.
Local prisoner cites 180-day rule.
' Dearth ' of Skills Cited for Unfilled Jobs.
Philadelphia police were called to a hotel early Sunday to break up a brawl between guests of two wedding parties, and when it was over one man was dead of a heart attack and three people were cited for crimes.
West Virginia requests federal disaster declaration citing Sandy.
A rarely-cited provision of Hazleton City's fire union contract factored into the administration's decision against declaring a state of emergency, Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi said Tuesday.

In science:

Shaver et al. (1985b) cite its flat spectral index at radio wavelengths as evidence that it is an unrelated H ii region.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
Bθ (and in the references cited above) must originate in post-shock gas.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
The physical arguments in favor of such a replacement can be found in the cited literature.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
This appendix is not logically necessary, but it is cited in many examples and it provides the motivation for several definitions that would otherwise seem quite strange.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
See, for example, Bergeron et al and earlier references cited there.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains