quo·​ta·​tion | \ kwō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce quotation (audio) also kō- \

Definition of quotation

1 : something that is quoted especially : a passage referred to, repeated, or adduced
2a : the act or process of quoting
b(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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Two years later, the label — which became known for style signatures like quotation marks, zip-ties, capital letters, and barricade tape — was a finalist for the coveted LVMH prize. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 28 Nov. 2021 One painting is dwarfed and all but surrounded by a long quotation in an oversize font. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 As my quotation marks imply, that's still a very big number, in the grand scheme of things. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 An article on Wednesday about the artist Keioui Keijaun Thomas misstated part of a quotation by the curator Shehab Isis Awad. New York Times, 15 July 2021 Perhaps the last was Winston Churchill, who seems never to have said anything unworthy of quotation. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Stewart puts poignant quotation marks around every line—how could a director look at this nonsense in a monitor and think, Brava! Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 In February 2018, the German automaker Daimler apologized for using a quotation from the Dalai Lama, who is widely viewed as a Tibetan separatist in China, in a social media post from its Mercedes-Benz brand. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 On the wall of a cultural center, Penn State has a quotation from Fidel Castro — something about justice and equality for all. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of quotation

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quotation was in 1607

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3 Dec 2021

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“Quotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotation. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quotation

: 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


quo·​ta·​tion | \ kwō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce quotation (audio) \

Kids Definition of quotation

: material (as a sentence or passage from a book) that is repeated exactly by someone else

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