V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to refer to (a source) in writing or speaking; 2. to give as an example or refer to as proof or illustration; 3. to compliment for praiseworthy action (as in the military); 4. to call upon officially to appear (as in court)

Synonyms: mention, quote, point out, enumerate, commend, summon, arraign


Tips: Cite is used often in all forms of its definition. In law, cite is used to specifically identify sources of legal research. When you are cited by a policeman or traffic officer, you are given a citation, or ticket. Note the difference between cite and its homonyms site and sight. Site is a location and sight is being able to see with your eyes.

Usage Examples:

The soldier was cited for his brave efforts in the battle. (mentioned, commended)

The paralegal will need to cite her sources carefully while putting together research for the case. (mention, instance)

When asking for a promotion, she cited several instances of her outstanding job performance. (pointed out, enumerated)

I was cited for illegally parking in a loading zone. (arraigned, ticketed)

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