\ 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

Democrats would already be calling for public hearings, if not hangings. *** A post-election debrief, quoted by the Washington Post, describes several prongs of attack. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Reid Hoffman’s Fake News," 11 Jan. 2019 Oddly, Royole quotes both a 16Mpixel as well as a 20Mpixel camera, and there are two cameras right next to one another. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Victory, Royole: The FlexPai is the first folding phone we've seen," 10 Jan. 2019 Correction, November 29th, 07:00AM ET: A previous version of this story quoted news site Tweakers that Oppo would be unveiling a foldable phone at MWC. James Vincent, The Verge, "Oppo says it will share more info about a possible foldable phone next February," 29 Nov. 2018 The magazine also quoted an anonymous source that reportedly stood by the claims. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa Shuts Down Tabloid Report About Alleged Joanna Gaines Feud," 20 Nov. 2018 The McSweeney’s thing went out to 10 or 20,000 people, many of them quote-unquote creatives. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley thinks artists should be activists," 6 July 2018 Max Marin in Philadelphia Weekly quoted the alarm of some of Krasner’s acolytes. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Is death penalty turning Krasnerphilia into Krasnerphobia? | Stu Bykofsky," 3 July 2018 The time squeeze didn't hamper their quest in the end, and The New York Times hailed their accomplishments in a report that featured quotes from a few Navy officials denying the mission's true intent. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Hunt for the Titanic Was Actually a Hunt for Lost U.S. Nuclear Submarines," 17 Dec. 2018 Loomer also quoted from a lawsuit filed earlier this year by Larry Klayman against Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter over alleged antitrust violations. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Far-right activist Laura Loomer has handcuffed herself to Twitter’s NYC headquarters," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His quote made it into the story, but the article was put on indefinite hold. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Armed with canvases, glue, and bins of photos and inspirational quotes, Amy travels to private homes across the country and helps party participants create personalized works of art. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How One Woman Is Using Art to Give a Voice to Those With Disabilities," 4 Dec. 2018 In addition to his great potential, Walker has the making of a go-to guy in the locker room for a Spurs media contingent starved for some snappy quotes. Steve Warns, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: Who won the NBA Draft, what’s next with Kawhi Leonard," 23 June 2018 Thomas' latest media tour is generating just as much buzz as his royal wedding quotes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Didn't Listen to the Queen About the Drama With Her Dad," 20 Dec. 2018 Throughout his two terms in office, Lindquist sought publicity aggressively, pumping out hundreds of news releases featuring his quotes about defendants charged with crimes. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County’s outgoing prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, admonished by state bar over conduct," 30 Nov. 2018 Below, a few of our favorite quotes from the People's Princess on life, love, and kindness. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "12 Princess Diana Quotes That Remind Us Why She Was the People's Princess," 31 Aug. 2018 Though it's been over 14 years since Gretchen Wieners tried to make fetch happen, the quotes from Mean Girls still remain relevant and hilarious to this day. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Can You Remember Who Said These Iconic "Mean Girls" Quotes?," 20 Aug. 2018 That's the basis of the movie this quote came from. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Guess What Movies These Famous Quotes Are From?," 3 Aug. 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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