re·cite / riˈsīt/ • v. [tr.] repeat aloud or declaim (a poem or passage) from memory before an audience: we provided our own entertainment by singing and reciting poetry. ∎ state (names, facts, etc.) in order: she recited the dates and names of kings and queens.DERIVATIVES: rec·i·ta·tion / ˌresiˈtāshən/ n.re·cit·er n.