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quotation

[kwoh-tey-shuhn]
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noun
  1. something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc.: a speech full of quotations from Lincoln's letters.
  2. the act or practice of quoting.
  3. Commerce.
    1. the statement of the current or market price of a commodity or security.
    2. the price so stated.
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Origin of quotation

1525–35; 1810–15 for def 3; < Medieval Latin quotātiōn- (stem of quotātiō), equivalent to quotāt(us) (past participle of quotāre; see quote) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·quo·ta·tion, nounself-quo·ta·tion, noun
Can be confusedquotation quote

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Related Words

quote, excerpt, reference, passage, estimate, selection, price, offer

Examples from the Web for quotation

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Historical Examples

  • And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But I can't go on with the quotation unless I turn it into 'You're slave to thousands.'

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • It is sometimes an epigram, and at worst it is never a quotation.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • In June, 1795, the quotation of the assignat oscillated violently.

  • The minister had said "unattached," but Captain Obed did not offer to correct the quotation.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for quotation

quotation

noun
  1. a phrase or passage from a book, poem, play, etc, remembered and spoken, esp to illustrate succinctly or support a point or an argument
  2. the act or habit of quoting from books, plays, poems, etc
  3. commerce a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
  4. an estimate of costs submitted by a contractor to a prospective client; tender
  5. stock exchange registration granted to a company or governmental body, enabling the shares and other securities of the company or body to be officially listed and traded
  6. printing a large block of type metal that is less than type-high and is used to fill up spaces in type pages
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Word Origin and History for quotation

n.

mid-15c., "numbering," later (1530s) "marginal notation," noun of action from quote (v.) or else from Medieval Latin quotationem (nominative quotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of quotare "to number." Meaning "an act of quoting" is from 1640s; that of "passage quoted" is from 1680s. Quotation marks attested by 1777.

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