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verb (used with object), quot·ed, quot·ing.
verb (used without object), quot·ed, quot·ing.
to make a quotation or quotations, as from a book or author.
(used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation.)


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Idioms about quote

    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



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What is a basic definition of quote?

Quote means to repeat the exact words of a speaker or an author. A quote is also a passage or statement repeated in this way. Quote means to cite something as a form of proof. Quote has several other senses as a verb and a noun.

To quote something or someone is to repeat the exact words they said or to recite the exact words written in a book.

Real-life examples: Great speakers often quote other inspiring people when making speeches. Newspapers will often quote the people they interviewed to show the reader they aren’t making things up or paraphrasing. Religious leaders will often quote the words written in a holy book when giving sermons.

Used in a sentence: The speaker quoted poet John Donne when she said, “No man is an island.” 

In this sense, quote is a phrase, statement, or written passage that another person repeats exactly.

Real-life examples: The news will report quotes of politicians, economists, scientists, and other important people. Many popular sayings and phrases are quotes.

Used in a sentence: “A house divided against itself cannot stand” is a famous Abraham Lincoln quote.

Quote also means to offer something as evidence or supporting facts.

Real-life examples: Lawyers and judges will often quote earlier court cases when making arguments. Religious leaders or followers will frequently quote religious texts when explaining what is and isn’t acceptable behavior.

Used in a sentence: The attorney quoted the earlier legal decision when she argued that the new law was unjust.

Where does quote come from?

The first records of quote come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the classical Latin quot, meaning “how many.”

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What are some other forms related to quote?

  • quoter (noun)
  • outquote (verb)
  • prequote (verb)
  • requote (verb)
  • superquote (verb)
  • unquote (verb)

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How is quote used in real life?

Quote is a common word that means someone is repeating what someone else said.



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To quote something means to paraphrase it and give a short summary of its meaning.

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British Dictionary definitions for quote

/ (kwəʊt) /

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)
(often plural) an informal word for quotation mark put it in quotes
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 for quote

C14: from Medieval Latin quotāre to assign reference numbers to passages, from Latin quot how many
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