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[ kwoht ]

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.).
  3. to use a brief excerpt from:

    The composer quotes Beethoven's Fifth in his latest work.

  4. to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support.
  5. to enclose (words) within quotation marks.
  6. Commerce.
    1. to state (a price).
    2. 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. )


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


  1. an informal word for quotation quotation quotation quotation
  2. 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

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Other Words From

  • quoter noun
  • outquote verb (used with object) outquoted outquoting
  • pre·quote verb (used with object) prequoted prequoting
  • re·quote verb (used with object) requoted requoting
  • super·quote verb superquoted superquoting noun
  • un·quoted adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of quote1

First recorded in 1350–1400; 1880–85 quote fordef 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”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of quote1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. quote unquote, so called; so to speak; as it were:

    If you're a liberal, quote unquote, they're suspicious of you.

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Example Sentences

When you first set up Halo, it asks you to read a few quotes from classic literature.

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For example, let’s say the first time you shared the article you included a quote from the piece in the social copy.

This post has also been updated to correct a word in a quote from Nathan Fletcher that was mis-transcribed.

There’s no value that is sustained from that one-off experience apart from a nice quote, there’s no new framework or structure to advance people professionally.

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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.

The lack of bill buyers in foreign countries who will quote as low rates on dollar as on sterling bills.

I shall therefore, in my effort to prove the Bible fallible, quote almost wholly from Christian critics.

To quote Mrs. Kaye, 'A Liberal peer is as useful as a fifth wheel to a coach, and as ornamental as whitewash.'

Wolff has illustrated this point by a series of experiments on the sunflower, of which we shall quote one.

However and whatever (to quote Amy again), the intentions were that brought the crowd, the Norwood place was comfortably filled.


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More About Quote

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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What are some words that share a root or word element with quote

What are some words that often get used in discussing quote?

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.

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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