Meaning of CITE in English


cite AC /saɪt/ BrE AmE verb [transitive] formal

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ cite ; noun : ↑ citation ]

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

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 SYN quote :

The passage cited above is from a Robert Frost poem.

3 . to order someone to appear before a court of law SYN summon

cite somebody for something

Two managers had been cited for similar infractions.

4 . British English 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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▪ mention to talk or write about something or someone, usually quickly and without saying very much or giving details:

Kate had mentioned his name a few times, but I had not met him before.


Jack mentioned that you might be looking for a new job.

▪ refer to somebody/something to say something about someone or something in a conversation, speech, or piece of writing:

He had earlier referred to difficulties in gathering evidence.


It was not clear which case he was referring to.

▪ touch on something to briefly mention a subject during a speech, lesson, piece of writing etc:

This problem has already been touched on in Chapter 4.

▪ bring something up to start to talk about a particular subject during a conversation or meeting:

I didn’t want to bring up the subject of money.


I knew you’d bring that up!

▪ raise to mention a subject that people should start to discuss or think about. Raise is more formal than bring something up :

He promised to raise the issue with the Prime Minister.


They raised a number of points.

▪ broach to mention a subject that may be embarrassing or upsetting, or that may cause an argument:

I was reluctant to broach the subject of payment.

▪ cite formal to mention something as an example or proof of something else, or as a reason for something:

Hong Kong is often cited as an example of this kind of economic system.

▪ allude to something formal to mention something in a way that is deliberately not direct:

Many of the ancient Greek poets allude to this myth.

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