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Pronunciation: (res"i-tā'shun), [key]
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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