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Meaning of recitation

rec•i•ta•tion

Pronunciation: (res"i-tā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. an act of reciting.
  2. a reciting or repeating of something from memory, esp. formally or publicly.
  3. oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
  4. a period of classroom instruction.
  5. an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
  6. a piece so delivered or for such delivery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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