Cite 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. [1913 Webster]

The cited dead, Of all past ages, to the general doom Shall hasten. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Cited by finger of God. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. To urge; to enjoin. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To quote; to repeat, as a passage from a book, or the words of another. [1913 Webster]

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To refer to or specify, as for support, proof, illustration, or confirmation. [1913 Webster]

The imperfections which you have cited. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To bespeak; to indicate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Aged honor cites a virtuous youth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: To quote; mention, name; refer to; adduce; select; call; summon. See {Quote}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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