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[kwoht] /kwoʊt/
verb (used with object), quoted, quoting.
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.
  1. to state (a price).
  2. to state the current price of.
verb (used without object), quoted, quoting.
to make a quotation or quotations, as from a book or author.
(used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation. )
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
1350-1400; 1880-85 for def 9; Middle English coten, quoten (< Old French coter) < Medieval Latin quotāre to divide into chapters and verses, derivative of Latin quot how many
Related forms
quoter, noun
outquote, verb (used with object), outquoted, outquoting.
prequote, verb (used with object), prequoted, prequoting.
requote, verb (used with object), requoted, requoting.
superquote, verb, superquoted, superquoting, noun
unquoted, adjective
Can be confused
quotation, quote. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quoting
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  • When quoting the statement of an opponent, be sure to be accurate.

    Elements of Debating Leverett S. Lyon
  • We are perpetually referring to them, quoting, regretting them.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • It will be observed that we have made use chiefly of documents, quoting from chronicles only when it seemed absolutely necessary.

  • The author from whom I have been quoting tells us what we want to know.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
  • He would have no one in mind whom he might be quoting at the moment.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for quoting


to recite a quotation (from a book, play, poem, etc), esp as a means of illustrating or supporting a statement
(transitive) to put quotation marks round (a word, phrase, etc)
(stock exchange) to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)
an informal word for quotation (sense 1), quotation (sense 2), quotation (sense 3), quotation (sense 4)
(often pl) an informal word for quotation mark put it in quotes
an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the words that follow it form a quotation: the president said, quote, I shall not run for office in November, unquote
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin quotāre to assign reference numbers to passages, from Latin quot how many
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quoting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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