[ kwoht ]
/ kwoʊt /

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.)


Nearby words

  1. quota-hopping,
  2. quotable,
  3. quotation,
  4. quotation mark,
  5. quotation marks,
  6. quote-driven,
  7. quote-unquote,
  8. quoted company,
  9. quoteworthy,
  10. quoth


    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
Can be confusedquotation quote

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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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