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verb (used with object),quot·ed, quot·ing.
  1. to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.

  2. to repeat words from (a book, author, etc.).

  1. to use a brief excerpt from: The composer quotes Beethoven's Fifth in his latest work.

  2. to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support.

  3. to enclose (words) within quotation marks.

  4. Commerce.

    • to state (a price).

    • to state the current price of.

verb (used without object),quot·ed, quot·ing.
  1. to make a quotation or quotations, as from a book or author.

  2. (used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation.)

Idioms about quote

  1. 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

First recorded in 1350–1400; 1880–85 for def. 9; Middle English coten, quoten, from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotāre “to divide into chapters and verses,” derivative of Latin quot “how many”

Other words from quote

  • quoter, noun
  • outquote, verb (used with object), out·quot·ed, out·quot·ing.
  • pre·quote, verb (used with object), pre·quot·ed, pre·quot·ing.
  • re·quote, verb (used with object), re·quot·ed, re·quot·ing.
  • su·per·quote, verb, su·per·quot·ed, su·per·quot·ing, noun
  • un·quot·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quote


/ (kwəʊt) /

  1. to recite a quotation (from a book, play, poem, etc), esp as a means of illustrating or supporting a statement

  2. (tr) to put quotation marks round (a word, phrase, etc)

  1. stock exchange to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)

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

  1. 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

Origin of quote

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

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