5. (Law) The formal statement, or setting forth, of some matter of fact in any deed or writing in order to explain the reasons on which the transaction is founded; the statement of matter in pleading introductory to some positive allegation. Burn.

Syn. — Account; rehearsal; recitation; narration; description; explanation; enumeration; detail; narrative. See Account.

(Rec`i*ta"tion) n. [L. recitatio: cf. F. récitation. See Recite.]

1. The act of reciting; rehearsal; repetition of words or sentences. Hammond.

2. The delivery before an audience of something committed to memory, especially as an elocutionary exhibition; also, that which is so delivered.

3. (Colleges and Schools) The rehearsal of a lesson by pupils before their instructor.

(Rec`i*ta*tive") n. [It. recitativo, or F. récitatif. See Recite.] (Mus.) A species of musical recitation in which the words are delivered in a manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a piece of music intended for such recitation; — opposed to melisma.

(Rec`i*ta*tive"), a. Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in the style or manner of recitative.Rec`i*ta*tive"ly, adv.

(||Rec`i*ta*ti"vo) n. [It.] (Mus.) Recitative.

(Re*cite") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recited; p. pr. & vb. n. Reciting.] [F. réciter, fr. L. recitare, recitatum; pref. re- re- + citare to call or name, to cite. See Cite.]

1. To repeat, as something already prepared, written down, committed to memory, or the like; to deliver from a written or printed document, or from recollection; to rehearse; as, to recite the words of an author, or of a deed or covenant.

2. To tell over; to go over in particulars; to relate; to narrate; as, to recite past events; to recite the particulars of a voyage.

3. To rehearse, as a lesson to an instructor.

4. (Law) To state in or as a recital. See Recital, 5.

Syn. — To rehearse; narrate; relate; recount; describe; recapitulate; detail; number; count.

(Re*cite"), v. i. To repeat, pronounce, or rehearse, as before an audience, something prepared or committed to memory; to rehearse a lesson learned.

(Re*cite"), n. A recital. [Obs.] Sir W. Temple.

(Re*cit"er) n. One who recites; also, a book of extracts for recitation.

(Reck) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recked (rekt) (obs. imp. Roughte); p. pr. & vb. n. Recking.] [AS. reccan, recan, to care for; akin to OS. rokian, OHG. ruochan, G. geruhen, Icel. rækja, also to E. reckon, rake an implement. See Rake, and cf. Reckon.]

1. To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard. [Archaic]

This son of mine not recking danger.
Sir P. Sidney.

And may you better reck the rede
Than ever did the adviser.

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