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recitationre‧ci‧ta‧tion /ˌresɪˈteɪʃən/ noun [countable, uncountable]  1 SLAPan act of saying a poem, piece of literature etc that you have learned, for people to listen to recitations from the great poets2 a spoken description of an event or a series of eventsrecitation of He went into a recitation of his life from the earliest years.
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recitationThe service ended with a recitation of the Lord's Prayer.Such appeals are decided much more expeditiously when courts need not prepare full opinions with detailed recitation of the facts.Do not respond by an endless recitation of your life from your earliest years.There was a short reading from the Quran and the solemn recitation of the Offer and Acceptance.For the first few weeks, George sat impassively through these recitations.The features and functions of this recitation style of teaching have since been identified in greater detail.
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