- to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.
- to repeat words from (a book, author, etc.).
- to use a brief excerpt from: The composer quotes Beethoven's Fifth in his latest work.
- to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support.
- to enclose (words) within quotation marks.
- to state (a price).
- to state the current price of.
- quote unquote, so called; so to speak; as it were: If you're a liberal, quote unquote, they're suspicious of you.
Origin of quote
Examples from the Web for quote
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
That quote has been misattributed to him since it first appeared in 1881, when Ben would have been 175 years old.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
The quote appears on the bronze plaque the players touch before they take the field for home games.
The quote is apocryphal, but that has not changed its significance for Army football players.
“Telling employees to stick to authorized legal boundaries is a good thing,” he said Wednesday when asked about the quote.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
And he's likely to talk the most execrable slang, or to quote Browning.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There are other similar passages which I need not now quote.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
Alfred, at your time of life, are you beginning to quote Gussie?Quaint Courtships
If you quote the first one, I'll quote the second, and then we shan't clash.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
We quote for the sake of one line chiefly, but the whole stanza is pertinent.A Dish Of Orts
- to recite a quotation (from a book, play, poem, etc), esp as a means of illustrating or supporting a statement
- (tr) to put quotation marks round (a word, phrase, etc)
- stock exchange to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)
- an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the words that follow it form a quotationthe president said, quote, I shall not run for office in November, unquote
Word Origin and History for quote
late 14c., coten, "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references," from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare "distinguish by numbers, number chapters," from Latin quotus "which in order? what number (in sequence)?," from quot "how many," from PIE *kwo-ti-, from pronomial root *kwo- (see who).
The sense development is via "to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" (1570s) to "to copy out or repeat exact words" (1670s). Modern spelling with qu- is from early 15c. The business sense of "to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. Related: Quoted; quoting.
"a quotation," 1885, from quote (v.). From c.1600 as "a marginal reference." Quotes for "quotation marks" is from 1869.