\ ˈkwōt also ˈkōt How to pronounce quote (audio) \
quoted; quoting

Definition of quote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to speak or write (a passage) from another usually with credit acknowledgment
b : to repeat a passage from especially in substantiation or illustration
c : borrow sense 2a quoting the motifs of past artists
2 : to cite in illustration quote a similar case
3a : to state (the current price or bid-offer spread) for a commodity, stock, or bond
b : to give exact information on
4 : to set off by quotation marks

intransitive verb

: to inform a hearer or reader that matter following is quoted



Definition of quote (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : quotation mark often used orally to indicate the beginning of a direct quotation

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Other Words from quote


quoter noun

Synonyms for quote

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of quote in a Sentence

Verb He began his speech by quoting Shakespeare. The reporter quoted the police chief as saying that an investigation would be launched soon. He quotes the Bible frequently. Noun Each chapter of the book began with an inspirational quote. She included quotes from the poem in her essay. The article included quotes from the mayor and several councilors. The price quotes exceeded our expectations. I checked the stock quotes online. Titles of newspaper articles should be placed in quotes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Achieving this end requires, above all else, patience: From start to finish, the process will take about an hour, and any recipe that quotes you 20 minutes is lying. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "3 Tricks for Perfect, Never-Burnt, Caramelized Onions," 4 Dec. 2019 Perry quoted from the Bible and preached about the need for salvation that comes from Jesus. Richard Flory, The Conversation, "Rick Perry’s belief that Trump was chosen by God is shared by many in a fast-growing Christian movement," 2 Dec. 2019 The most recent price quoted to Drew County by LaSalle, $32.44 per inmate per day, is about half what the county currently spends to hold inmates at its jail in Monticello. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas counties moving ahead on jail plan," 28 Nov. 2019 Elkann, speaking ahead of an investor-day event for the Exor investment arm that controls FCA, was quoted by Italian news agency ANSA as saying there would be a memorandum of understanding with PSA by the end of the year, as previously announced. Colleen Barry, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler chairman not worried by General Motors lawsuit," 21 Nov. 2019 Sackler wrote in a 2001 email quoted in a complaint by the state of Massachusetts against the company. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story”," 19 Nov. 2019 He is identified only by his middle name, because he and others quoted in this story fear for their lives and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Maria Verza, The Denver Post, "Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America," 18 Nov. 2019 After all, this is the same person who infamously quoted Chris Brown in a sermon. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "The Hypocrisy In Jamal Bryant’s Condemnation Of Kanye West," 15 Nov. 2019 The Hebrew site also provides prices quoted in shekels. sun-sentinel.com, "Amazon adds Hebrew website for global sales," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Through a series of quotes, those who knew him best recount the life and legacy of the tragically gunned-down rapper and activist. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Lauren London Reflects On Parenthood Since Losing Nipsey Hussle," 6 Dec. 2019 Here are some of the best Grinch quotes to (ironically) really get you in the Christmas spirit. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "20 Hilarious Grinch Quotes That’ll Get You Into the Holiday Spirit," 7 Nov. 2019 Readers on both sides of the Atlantic learned the peril of blind quotes when claims by unnamed sources on weapons of mass destruction turned out to be exaggerated or untrue. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Four questions to ask about the Baghdadi raid," 29 Oct. 2019 All of the statements the judge referenced were quotes from Phillips attributed directly to him. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Judge to allow portion of Nick Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post to continue," 28 Oct. 2019 In preparation for the press event, Catholic Charities proffered a list of prepared quotes from politicians and business leaders across the state. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "‘Taking care of people head to toe, mind, body and soul.’ Final phase of Dorothy Day Place opens," 23 Oct. 2019 Glendale coach Tom Gossard, a former Crescenta Valley coach, declined comment about the match and would not allow any of his players to provide quotes as well. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Singles domination powers Crescenta Valley girls’ tennis past Glendale," 22 Oct. 2019 But the quote also hints at the gendered expectations that powerful women face. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why are workers more resentful of criticism when the boss is a woman?," 7 Oct. 2019 The group blends Drag Race and Twin Peaks by juxtaposing both shows’ characters and quotes through memes, gifs, and videos made and posted exclusively by fans, who need to be added and accepted onto the group by moderators. Carolina Are, Quartzy, "How “RuPaul’s Drag Race” changed the way we speak," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of quote


1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quote


Medieval Latin quotare to mark the number of, number references, from Latin quotus of what number or quantity, from quot how many, (as) many as; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

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The first known use of quote was in 1582

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8 Dec 2019

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“Quote.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of quote

What It Is

A quote is an estimate of price or a price at which one party is willing to buy or sell from the other. In the trading markets, a quote is the bid and ask price for a security.

How It Works

For example, a quote for Company XYZ stock includes the real-time bid price, ask price, quote size, price of the last trade, size of the last trade, the high price for the day, and the low price for the day. Quotes are available from the exchanges online, via the media or in financial publications.

Why It Matters

Quotes are necessary to inform investors about the prices of securities. The information contained in a quote is sometimes limited; for example, it may not disclose which market makers are bidding for or offering the security, whether there are limit orders on the security, or the size of potential trades at a particular price. In other words, quotes do not give the viewer access to the "order book" showing who has an interest in a security and at what price. But quotes do give traders and investors a basic idea of how a security is doing.

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How to pronounce quote (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quote

: to repeat (something written or said by another person) exactly
: to write or say the exact words of (someone)
: to write or say a line or short section from (a piece of writing or a speech)


\ ˈkwōt How to pronounce quote (audio) \
quoted; quoting

Kids Definition of quote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to repeat (someone else's words) exactly I quoted my favorite poem.



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