\ˈkwōt also ˈkōt \
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)

1 : quotation

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

adduce, cite, instance, mention

Synonyms: Noun

citation, quotation

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Examples of quote in a Sentence


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.


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

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling state news agency Tass. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "US decision to withdraw from Cold War-era nuke treaty draws rebuke from Russia," 23 Oct. 2018 Trump was quoted as saying in an article that appeared on B2 of the paper. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family," 13 July 2018 Usually moon rocks from the Apollo 17 mission came with a plaque with a flag and quote from the president. Robert Z. Pearlman, Space.com, "Apollo Moon Rock Rediscovered in Cambodia Debuts on Display," 20 June 2018 But by far his most beloved (and most widely quoted) film across multiple generations is 1987's postmodern fairytale, The Princess Bride. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "RIP William Goldman, creator of beloved film, The Princess Bride," 16 Nov. 2018 Quotes about coffee and quotes about wine, those kind of drive me crazy. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "How to make $6,000 a day writing Instagram quotes — sort of," 15 Nov. 2018 Networks quoted exit polls that showed two-thirds of voters had made up their minds more than a month ago. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 2018 Ariana herself has taken this route quoting a fan's meme about Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Is Now a Hilarious Meme," 6 Nov. 2018 Yes, Clueless is pretty much a perfect movie that should be revered and quoted for decades to come. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Clueless Remake Is Officially in the Works—and People Have Thoughts," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here is the quote from Miss Keiser's attorney's letter. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 The quote was included in a transcript released by Pompeo's office. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Oops! Mike Pompeo refers to North Korean leader Kim as 'Chairman Un'," 9 May 2018 Dabo Swinney with the quote of the evening at Alabama Sports HOF induction ceremony pic.twitter.com/P1OQyZ7ZXY -- Ryan C. Fowler (@RyanCFowler) April 29, 2018 Clemson, of course, defeated Alabama 35-31 win in the 2016 national championship game. Mark Heim, AL.com, "Clemson's Dabo Swinney jokes about just how good Alabama is," 30 Apr. 2018 Variety's Brian Crecente reviewed the announcement before it had been sent to the wider press and thus confirmed why Sony was missing from the announcement's quotes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sony is skipping E3 2019," 15 Nov. 2018 Races where results are still being tallied: Updated November 7th, 2018 1:30PM ET: Updated with quotes from Joshua Morrow, executive director of 314 Action. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "New congressional members with science backgrounds may help shape national policy," 7 Nov. 2018 Print out and pin up your favorite quotes, pictures, and art work to make your work space feel more like home. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "10 Decor Ideas To Give Your Basic Cubicle Actual Personality," 23 Aug. 2018 Social media is going to go crazy with quotes from his album. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Rapper-Actor KR Talks 'Superfly,' New Project 'In Due Time' and His Battle With Depression," 19 June 2018 To the email Dorman attached a PDF with quotes from Tolstoy and Sinclair. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Man Who Says Science Blew Its Best Shot at an AIDS Vaccine," 1 June 2018

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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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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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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 \
quoted; quoting

Kids Definition of quote

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of quote (Entry 2 of 2)

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