- 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 quoting
Scott, who died Sunday at 49, could go from evoking a Baptist preacher to quoting Public Enemy.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
“Paradise lies at the feet of mothers,” Erdogan said on Monday, quoting the Prophet Muhammad.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
But Orwell went to Spain for the express purpose of killing fascists, as he makes clear in the book Brand is quoting from.Russell Brand’s Revolution For Morons
November 2, 2014
No one is quoting Bible verses to explain why they play tennis or enjoy a good game of golf.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor
September 16, 2014
“In such countries, genocide is not too important,” an actor said, quoting former French President François Mitterand.Rwanda Remembers 100 Days of Terror on Genocide’s 20th Anniversary
April 8, 2014
When we only spoil you by praising and quoting everything you say.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I got a dispatch from, him quoting the Virago of Paris—meaning the Figaro, of course.
So one might go on quoting felicity for ever from this writer.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
I can only vouch for its veracity by quoting the famous phrase, "If you see it in the Sun, it is so."Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
“The realisation is a terrible thing,” writes our Scribe, quoting his Master.The Book of Khalid
- 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 and History for quoting
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.