\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

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

Top news: Crowd cheers when valedictorian quotes Trump. Supriya Sridhar, The Courier-Journal, "WHAS11 names new president and general manager," 4 June 2018 Government officials quoted by Granma said that the measures will increase tax collection and reduce fraud. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Cuba imposes more taxes and controls on private sector and increases censorship on the arts," 10 July 2018 When the Court heard the case back in March, Justice Sonia Sotomayor read the proof out loud in the courtroom for all to hear, quoting from the deceptive websites of one of the centers. Ilyse Hogue, Marie Claire, "I'm the President of NARAL. Roe v. Wade Is in Grave Danger.," 27 June 2018 Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was quoted as saying in a tweet published by his office following reports of a possible summit in the Nordic nation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Raine Tiessalo, Bloomberg.com, "Finland Says It's Ready to Host Possible Trump, Putin Summit," 27 June 2018 Officer's Facebook posts The lawsuit quotes extensively from the body camera footage of the arrest and includes images of Facebook posts from one officer involved in Brown's arrest. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rookie Sterling Brown's lawsuit shows police officer's racially charged Facebook posts," 19 June 2018 Romans 13 was widely quoted in political debates of the 1840s and 1850s, but rarely thereafter. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Jeff Sessions cited a Bible passage used by American slaveholders to defend Trump’s family separation policy," 15 June 2018 On his blog, Brooks quotes an average sewer bill increase of $30.05 per four-month billing period for the average homeowner. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee is hiking its sewer and water rates by 35 percent," 28 June 2018 Dunn quotes several passages from McCaw's deposition in a motion filed with U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman in Waco, who is presiding over the case filed by 10 Baylor students identified as Jane Does. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Baylor athletic director: Black athletes made scapegoats," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With each disembodied quote, with each one-way transmission, he is reduced to a Luddite and a curmudgeon and a hater and a snob and worse. New York Times, "Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It," 26 June 2018 Jennings, who has spread the word online and to artists within the various cities, said the casting call-like sessions will be quick, requiring interested performers to fill out a form, which asks for a quote, much like a yearbook. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Local photographer, drag king aims to document LGBTQ performer community in 'Queerbook'," 22 June 2018 Here are excerpts from company responses and, in most cases, anonymous compiled employee quotes, listed in alphabetical order. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: Find the best 65 small-sized companies in our region," 7 June 2018 And several others are due to read famous quotes by Robert Kennedy, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who has close ties with the Kennedy clan, and Representative Kevin McCarthy, who is vying to be the next House Republican leader. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Arc of Bill Clinton’s political career will be on display during his RFK commemoration," 1 June 2018 For her part Fergie is very active on both Instagram and Twitter, sharing photographs of her daughters and ex-husband, inspirational quotes, and details of her latest philanthropic efforts. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Prince Andrew's Ex-Wife, Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson," 15 May 2018 And the tattoo itself can be as simple as a significant date, a quote, a loved one’s name, or a significant word. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Tattoo Ideas for Men, According to a Celebrity Tattoo Artist," 12 May 2018 Scientists can wind up spending weeks gathering quotes, sussing out the reputations of different sequencing centers, and waiting around for a machine to fill up with similar requests before they can even get started. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Be AirBnb for Gene Sequencers," 8 May 2018 However, the quote might clarify Apple's plans to develop its own processors for at least some Macs to replace chips made by Intel—another rumor based on a Bloomberg report. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Tim Cook on merging macOS and iOS: “I don’t think that’s what users want”," 19 Apr. 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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