cite - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

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]  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 company knew they were dangerous. Scientists cite this experiment as their main support 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 legal action: The mine operator was cited with 33 violations of federal safety standards.

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)
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

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More