- to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.
- to repeat words from (a book, author, etc.).
- to use a brief excerpt from: The composer quotes Beethoven's Fifth in his latest work.
- to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support.
- to enclose (words) within quotation marks.
- to state (a price).
- to state the current price of.
- 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
Examples from the Web for quote-unquote
Contemporary Examples of quote-unquote
The risk of claiming that a series has jumped the shark, quote-unquote, is that you could be jumping the gun.‘Still Positive’ Shows Why ‘Homeland’ Hasn’t Jumped the Shark (Yet)
November 4, 2013
There's a stunning lack of understanding of what quote-unquote "Wall Street" is.Wall Street on Wall Street
September 24, 2010
- an expression used before or part before and part after a quotation to identify it as such, and sometimes to dissociate the writer or speaker from it
- 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)
- 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
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.