cite ( cites 3rd person present) ( citing present participle) ( cited past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you cite something, you quote it or mention it, especially as an example or proof of what you are saying.
FORMAL She cites a favourite poem by George Herbert... V n
I am merely citing his reaction as typical of British industry... V n as adj/n
Spain was cited as the most popular holiday destination. V n as adj/n
2 verb To cite a person means to officially name them in a legal case. To cite a reason or cause means to state it as the official reason for your case.
They cited Alex's refusal to return to the marital home... V n
Three admirals and a top Navy civilian will be cited for failing to act on reports of sexual assaults. be V-ed for -ing
3 verb If someone is cited, they are officially ordered to appear before a court.
The judge ruled a mistrial and cited the prosecutors for outrageous misconduct. V n
in BRIT, use be summonsed
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