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Cite appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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  • As I let a date grow on Scilly, did we let a geneticist relax if I fix alerts I cite, negate lewd idyllic snow, or get a date, Lisa?
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cite:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb cite:


Cite is sometimes a misspelling of city.

The word cite and its family (citation, citations, cited, citing, cites) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun cite

What does cite mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cites

  1. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

Definition of the verb cite

What does cite mean as a doing word?

Cite is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: cited | citing | cites

  1. make reference to
  2. commend
    • examples: he was cited for his outstanding achievements | Sam and Sue cite the movie
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of cite: mention
    • more generic words: acknowledge / notice = express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
  3. refer to
  4. repeat a passage from
    • examples: The parents cite a French poem to the children | The parents cite the children a French poem
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of cite: quote
    • more generic words: ingeminate / iterate / reiterate / repeat / restate / retell = to say, state, or perform again
    • more specific word: misquote = quote incorrectly
  5. refer to for illustration or proof
  6. advance evidence for
  7. call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of cite: summon / summons
    • more generic terms: call / send for = order, request, or command to come
    • more specific words:
      • vouch = summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title
      • demand = summon to court

Alternative definition of the verb cite


  1. To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the words of another.
  2. To list the source(s) from which one took information, words or literary or verbal context.
  3. To summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court

Specialised definition of the verb cite

Glossary of sports / rugby union

if a player is cited, an official complaint is made by the opposition team after a game about foul play by him


Cite a.k.a. Cité is a metro station on Line 4 of the Paris Métro in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.


"Cite" a.k.a. "Cité" is a music album by Lenine.


"Cite" a.k.a. "Cité" is a painting (oil paint) by Ellsworth Kelly, begun in (64 years ago).

  • media: oil paint


  1. Cite: Cite: The Architecture and Design Magazine of Houston is a quarterly magazine published by the Rice Design Alliance. Its topics include architecture, urban planning, historical preservation, and the arts.
  2. citE is a gene.
  3. citE is a genomic locus.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cite

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Google previewGraduate Education in the Chemical Sciences (2000)

Issues for the 21st Century: Report of a Workshop by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Chemical Sciences Roundtable

One evolutionary change in graduate education in chemistry that people frequently cite is the increase in research that crosses disciplinary lines. It is fashionable to establish formal interdisciplinary programs; sometimes it is almost mandatory ...

Google previewCases in Communication Law (2014)

by Paul Siegel

The second case appellants cite is a Third Circuit opinion finding the right to film not clearly established in the context of a traffic stop, characterized as an '' inherently dangerous situation.'' [But] a traffic stop is worlds apart from an arrest on ...

Google previewCollective Improvisation in a Teacher Education Community (2007)

by Linda Farr Darling, Gaalen Erickson, Anthony Clarke

The project is called CITE: A Community of Inquiry in Teacher Education.

Google previewA Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence

by Enrico Pattaro

Pragmatically, the best case to cite is the one that — besides having the outcome that the citing party wishes for the current situation — includes as many factors in common with the current situation as possible. This allows the most specific, ...

Google previewSandra Gustafson's Great Eats Paris (2001)

by Sandra Gustafson

The lle de la Cite is the hisroric heart of Paris. It was on this island in the middle of the Seine that a Celric tribe of fishermen called the Parisii sertled in the third cenrury B.C, and whete the Gallo-Romans later built the ciry they called Lureria in ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

CITE, [cito, to ...

Google previewA rhyming dictionary ... Fourth edition, improved (1824)

by John WALKER (the Philologist.)

To cite To summon; to quote, v.a.

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2009)

by Elizabeth A. Martin

if possible, cite the official reports, the European Court Reports (ECR). If an ECR reference is not available, the second best report is usually the Common Market Law ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1898)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

CITE. (See also Citation.) — To call or summon. Therefore, first, to notify a party of a proceeding against him, or call him to appear and ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

tank, vat cistern valve ballcock citadel in Granada Alhambra citadel in Moscow Kremlin cite adduce, advance, allege, allude, assemble, attest, call, commend, denote, display, document, enjoin, enumerate, excerpt, extract, manifest, mention , ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Group Activities, CD-ROM Included (2011)

by Lorraine L. Ukens

Cite. Unseen. Goals 1. To apply problem-solving and decision-making skills in a group situation. 2. To identify basic steps in the problem-solving process. 3. To examine the process of problem solving in groups. Group Size Several groups of ...

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Small photo of Golden gate of Palace of Justice in the Cite Island in central Paris in France.Small photo of FRANCE. PARIS - OCTOBER 1, 2016: Tourists visiting the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is a most famous cathedral (1163 - 1345) on the eastern half of the Cite Island.Small photo of A view of Notre Dame, Ile de La Cite, ParisSmall photo of View of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris - a most famous Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral (1163 - 1345) on the eastern half of the Cite Island.Small photo of View of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris - a most famous Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral (1163 - 1345) on the eastern half of the Cite Island.Small photo of View of Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris - a most famous Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral (1163 - 1345) on the eastern half of the Cite Island.Small photo of Bordeaux, France - March 27, 2016. La cite du vin is the Wine museum of Bordeaux near to Garonne river. Bordeaux, Aquitaine. France. More...

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Be able to cite three good qualities of every relative or acquaintance that you dislike. (Marilyn vos Savant)
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Scrabble value of C3I1T1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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