Definitions of cite

to give something as proof to support a theory or to help explain why something has happened; to quote (=to speak or write words written by someone else), especially to help support an argument or theory

She cited figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics which showed a 7.6% increase in street crime.

to refer to a decision in another case to support an argument

The Supreme Court cites precedent cases in over 97% of its judgments.