[uhn-kwoht; contrastively uhn-kwoht]

verb (used without object), un·quot·ed, un·quot·ing.

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.

Origin of unquote

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

  • It may be added that what are by far the finest passages in Dunbar's poems are passed unnoticed and unquoted by Mr. Smeaton.

    Ephemera Critica

    John Churton Collins

British Dictionary definitions for unquoted



an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the preceding quotation is finished


to close (a quotation), esp in printing
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Word Origin and History for unquoted



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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