|Origin:||citer, from Latin citare 'to cause to move, excite, order to come'|
cite [transitive] formal
to mention something as an example, especially one that supports, proves, or explains an idea or situation:
The judge cited a 1956 Supreme Court ruling in her decision.
cite something as something
Several factors have been cited as the cause of the unrest.
to give the exact words of something that has been written, especially in order to support an opinion or prove an idea [= quote]:
The passage cited above is from a Robert Frost poem.
to order someone to appear before a court of law
cite somebody for something
Two managers had been cited for similar infractions.
4 British EnglishSCL
to mention someone by name in a court case:
Sue was cited in the divorce proceedings.
to mention someone because they deserve praise
cite somebody (for something)
Garcia was cited for her work with disabled children.