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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: citer, from Latin citare 'to cause to move, excite, order to come'

cite

verb
     
Related topics: Law
cite [transitive] formal
1 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.
2 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.
3SCL 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.
5 to mention someone because they deserve praise
cite somebody (for something)
Garcia was cited for her work with disabled children.

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