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[uhn-kwoht; contrastively uhn-kwoht]
verb (used without object), un·quot·ed, un·quot·ing.
  1. to close a quotation (often used with the word quote, which notes the opening of the quotation): The senator said, quote, I am unalterably opposed to this policy, unquote.
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Origin of unquote

First recorded in 1910–15; un-2 + quote
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Historical Examples

  • Quote, "Lowery stated he and several others grabbed Ruby," unquote.

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    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for unquote


  1. an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the preceding quotation is finished
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  1. to close (a quotation), esp in printing
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Word Origin and History for unquote


1935, from un- (2) + quote (v.). Originally (obviously) in speaking; first written record is in a letter of e.e. cummings.

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