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"cite" in British English

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citeverb [T]

uk   us   /saɪt/ formal

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 ​percentdecline in new ​orders asevidence that ​overalldemand for ​itsproducts was ​falling. to ​speak or write words taken from a ​particularwriter or written ​work: She cites both T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in her ​article.

cite verb [T] (NAME)

specialized law to ​officiallyname or ​mention someone or something in a ​lawcourt, or to ​officiallyrequest someone to ​appear in a ​court of ​law: The ​lawyer cited two ​similarcases. He has been cited as the ​co-respondent in the ​divorcecase.

cite verb [T] (PRAISE)

to ​praise someone in the ​armedforcespublicly because of ​theirbraveactions: He was cited forbravery.
(Definition of cite from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cite" in American English

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citeverb [T]

 us   /sɑɪt/

cite verb [T] (MENTION)

to ​mention something as ​proof for a ​theory or as a ​reason why something has ​happened, or to ​speak or write words taken from a written ​work: He cited a ​study of the ​devices as ​proof that the ​companyknew they were ​dangerous. Scientists cite this ​experiment as ​theirmainsupport for this ​theory. To cite someone else’s words when ​speaking or writing is to use them: If you cite too many writers, readers will ​wonder if you have any ​ideas of ​your own. In ​law, a ​person or ​organization which is cited is named in a ​legalaction: The mine ​operator was cited with 33 violations of ​federalsafetystandards.

cite verb [T] (PRAISE)

to ​praise someone ​publicly for something the ​person has done: He was cited for ​bravery.
(Definition of cite from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cite" in Business English

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citeverb [T]

uk   us   /saɪt/
to mention something because it proves an ​idea, explains why something ​happened, or is an ​example of what you ​mean: Johnson ​resigned from the ​board after just six months, citing "differences of ​opinion".be cited as sth Effective ​marketing and ​lowcost were cited as the ​main reasons for the recent ​increase in ​sales.
(Definition of cite from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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