quote

1 of 2

verb

quoted; quoting

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
quoter noun

quote

2 of 2

noun

1
2
: quotation mark
often used orally to indicate the beginning of a direct quotation

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The Coyotes likely will be sold to billionaire Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, and the deal will guarantee Meruelo an expansion team if a new arena is built in Arizona within five years, the Associated Press reported Saturday, quoting an unnamed source. The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2024 The Crown isn’t quoting any new depth figures, however—which is fine, because the 3,900 meters on offer since the Deepsea’s launch in 2008 imposes roughly 65 times the pressure the human body can endure. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for quote 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quote was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

quote

1 of 2 verb
quoted; quoting
1
: to repeat (someone else's words) exactly
quote Shakespeare
2
: to give as an example
3
: to set off written material by quotation marks

quote

2 of 2 noun

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