A person being cited with a speeding ticket.
- To cite is defined as to tell someone they must appear in court.
An example of to cite is for a policeman to give someone a speeding ticket.
- The definition of cite is to show your source of information.
An example of to cite is the use a footnote to show the source of a quote.
- To cite means to bring someone’s attention to a fact when making a point or giving an example.
An example of to cite is to remind someone of the bad weather when talking about a team losing a game.
transitive verbcit′ed, cit′ing
- to summon to appear before a court of law
- to quote (a passage, book, speech, writer, etc.)
- to refer to or mention as by way of example, proof, or precedent
- to mention in a citation (sense )
- Archaic to stir to action; arouse
Origin of citeMiddle English citen from Old French citer, to summon from Classical Latin citare, to arouse, summon from ciere, to put into motion, rouse from Indo-European base an unverified form kei- from source Classical Greek kinein, to move, Old English hatan, to command
verbcit·ed, cit·ing, cites
- a. To quote or refer to (a book or author, for example) as an authority or example in making an argument.b. Law To refer to (a previous court decision or other legal precedent), as when arguing a case.
- To mention or bring forward as support, illustration, or proof: cited several instances of insubordinate behavior.
- a. To commend officially for meritorious action in military service.b. To honor formally.
- To issue a notice of violation to: was cited by the police for jaywalking.
Origin of citeMiddle English citen to summon from Old French citer from Latin citāre ; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present cites, present participle citing, simple past and past participle cited)
cite - Legal Definition