Definition of quotation
1 : something that is quoted; especially : a passage referred to, repeated, or adduced
2a : the act or process of quotingb (1) : the naming or publishing of current bids and offers or prices of securities or commodities (2) : the bids, offers, or prices so named or published; especially : the highest bid and lowest offer for a particular security in a given market at a given time
Examples of quotation in a Sentence
He gathered quotations from the trial transcript to prove his point.
a well-known quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln
a book of humorous quotations
She relied heavily on quotation in her essays, which made them less original.
Recent Examples of quotation from the Web
Quotations from Shakespeare to Melville fill his text.
Later, at the end of the 90-minute production — which also includes film clips and quotations from famous people — the actors revisit the physical bullying skit.
Central to the White House’s strategy for weathering scandal is the notion that leaks, information, and quotations from anonymous sources are not credible and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
And the second half of the book occasionally bogs down in multiple quotations from newspapers of the time.
Serve the People Los Angeles wrote after that day’s confrontation in a blog post studded with quotations from Mao Zedong.
Strings are always written inside quotation marks, numbers are not.
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First Known Use of quotation
QUOTATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quotation for English Language Learners
: something that a person says or writes that is repeated or used by someone else in another piece of writing or a speech
: the act of using quotations in a piece of writing or a speech
: a written statement of how much money a particular job will cost to do
QUOTATION Defined for Kids
Definition of quotation for Students
: material (as a sentence or passage from a book) that is repeated exactly by someone else
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