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 An article on Page 9 about the limitations of institutional jazz as a form of Black resistance music includes a quotation that misstates the number of students and faculty members at the New England Conservatory who identify as Black. New York Times, "Corrections: Sept. 5, 2020," 5 Sep. 2020 Candidates' stances on specific issues are displayed in the voter guide in quotation marks. The Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar voter guide: How to view your Indiana election ballot and compare candidates," 15 Oct. 2020 Kabel recalled a recent article with a quotation from the conservative activist Tony Perkins that contrasted the Democratic and Republican platforms in 2016. NBC News, "Trump Pride: Gay Republicans on why they're backing the president," 15 Oct. 2020 Like Scripture, his pages could supply an apt quotation to support almost any political or legal argument. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Tocqueville’s ‘Democracy in America,’ read anew in 2020, feels prophetic — and in some ways, hopeful," 14 Oct. 2020 Memory, referencing a Mister Rogers quotation about things that are mentionable being manageable, said that just like adults, kids have to cope with family breakups, friends who have cancer, deaths of loved ones, and the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Meet A Kids Book About, a Portland publisher that aims to help families talk about challenging topics," 13 Oct. 2020 Trump's full quotation was in regard to Democratic leaders' response to the coronavirus, not the virus itself. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Kamala Harris misleads on Trump's coronavirus 'hoax' comment after multiple fact checks," 7 Oct. 2020 To twist an old quotation, there is something to be said for being one of the healthier horses in the glue factory. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Debt, Windfalls, and Disaster," 14 Sep. 2020 In the July update, the editors provided a quotation illustrating the drug’s current use to combat the coronavirus. Roger J. Kreuz, The Conversation, "How COVID-19 is changing the English language," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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8 Nov 2020

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“Quotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotation. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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