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.
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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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