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English definition of “cite”

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)
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