Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cite”

See all translations

cite

verb [T] uk   /saɪt/ formal us  

cite verb [T] (GIVE EXAMPLE)

to mention something as proof for a theory or as a reason why something has happened: She cited three reasons why people get into debt. The company cited a 13 percent decline in new orders as evidence that overall demand for its products was falling. to speak or write words taken from a particular writer or written work: She cites both T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in her article.

cite verb [T] (NAME)

specialized law to officially name or mention someone or something in a law court, or to officially request someone to appear in a court of law: The lawyer cited two similar cases. He has been cited as the co-respondent in the divorce case.

cite verb [T] (PRAISE)

to praise someone in the armed forces publicly because of their brave actions: He was cited for bravery.
(Definition of cite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cite?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “cite” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More