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
Twain himself might have appreciated this quotation's self-reflexivity: There's no record of him ever having said or written it.
King’s quotation has become a rallying cry among defenders of the Affordable Care Act, the landmark 2010 legislation that has come the closest America has ever been to establishing a universal guarantee of health care.
It is colored with folkloric Mexican music, jazz, sophisticated modernism, sensuous atmosphere and subtle musical quotations.
The video also features scrolling text of quotations from black visionaries such as Desmond Tutu and Mae Jemison.
The City Council was told that city staff sent out an RFQ (request for quotation) for design services to landscape architectural firms in Texas.
There were no quotation marks around the passages, but the sources were cited in footnotes.
A teacher in Wall, N.J., has been suspended amid allegations that references to President Donald Trump were removed from student photographs and quotations in the high school yearbook.
Quotations from Shakespeare to Melville fill his text.
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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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