verb (used with object), quot·ed, quot·ing.
- to state (a price).
- to state the current price of.
verb (used without object), quot·ed, quot·ing.
- quotation mark,
- quotation marks,
- quoted company,
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.
That quote has been misattributed to him since it first appeared in 1881, when Ben would have been 175 years old.
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|Kimberly Dozier|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The passage that you quote from Jack London strikes me as good.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
I'll quote something else: 'I and my life must be where I live.'Where Angels Fear to Tread|E. M. Forster
People were able to quote few definite opinions uttered by "Silent Simon," but any that could be quoted were shrewdness itself.Simon|J. Storer Clouston
But to quote from any other language is to commit an outrage on your guests.Collections and Recollections|George William Erskine Russell
A thing of my own invention,' to quote the knight in 'Through the Looking Glass.'We Two|Edna Lyall
Word Origin 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.