C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sahyt]
    • /saɪt/
    • /saɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sahyt]
    • /saɪt/

Definitions of citing word

  • verb with object citing to quote (a passage, book, author, etc.), especially as an authority: He cited the Constitution in his defense. 1
  • verb with object citing to mention in support, proof, or confirmation; refer to as an example: He cited many instances of abuse of power. 1
  • verb with object citing to summon officially or authoritatively to appear in court. 1
  • verb with object citing to call to mind; recall: citing my gratitude to him. 1
  • verb with object citing Military. to mention (a soldier, unit, etc.) in orders, as for gallantry. 1
  • verb with object citing to commend, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty. 1

Information block about the term

Origin of citing

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin citāre to summon before a church court; in Latin, to hurry, set in motion, summon before a court, frequentative of ciēre to move, set in motion

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Citing


citing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

citing usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for citing

noun citing

  • mentioning — to refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of: Don't forget to mention her contribution to the project.

adjective citing

  • quoting — to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.
  • referring — to direct for information or anything required: He referred me to books on astrology.

Top questions with citing

  • how to apa citing?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?