\ 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)

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

The index shows how the cost of living in an area compares with the national average cost of goods and services, based on consumer price index quotes for a wide array of items, including food, transportation, and rent. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati has lowest cost of living of any major metro in U.S., government says.," 1 July 2019 Average quoted office rental rates in the area were $25.26 per square foot, also higher than in the previous quarter. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "D-FW office buildings landed some big tenants in the second quarter," 1 July 2019 New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio apologized for quoting Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara at a South Florida rally. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Democratic debate Night 2, Nipsey Hussle's murder & a surprising source of water: The Morning Rundown," 28 June 2019 Several songs by Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan are noted, but only a single line from them is quoted. Ken Emerson, WSJ, "‘Songs of America’ and ‘A Fiery Gospel’ Review: Of Thee We Sing," 28 June 2019 Manchester United are reported to have pulled out of the race to sign England defender Harry Maguire after being quoted a total of £100m by Leicester City, potentially leaving Manchester City alone in pursuit of the 26-year-old centre-back. SI.com, "Man Utd & Man City Remain Confident Leicester City Will Lower Harry Maguire's £100m Price Tag," 27 June 2019 Gilbert’s Bedrock real estate arm is quoting office rates above $40 per square foot for its new projects in the works like the Hudson’s site building, according to office market brokers. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's downtown building boom slowing as costs, rents soar," 27 June 2019 Mercedes-Benz has apologized for quoting the Dalai Lama, who China regards as a separatist. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike reportedly halted a shoe release in China after its co-designer supported Hong Kong protesters," 26 June 2019 On Home Depot’s website, the group found different prices quoted for paint, light bulbs, toilet paper, caulk guns, halogen floor lamps, screwdrivers and more. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "FTC urged to probe ‘secret surveillance scores’ used against shoppers, job and housing applicants," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fiancee of my second son to be married has sent us a price quote from a venue that includes costs for a bartender. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Daughter betrayed by mother struggles with reconnection," 27 June 2019 So why not defend the legacy of your experiment in terms of exposing access journalism or questionable journalistic habits like printing quotes from anonymous sources? Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Republic, "“Stop Telling Me Your Opinion”: An Exit Interview With C-SPAN’s Founder," 26 June 2019 There are displays of Black women composting and gardening alongside inspiring quotes from interviews with environmentalists of color. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "#InstaViral: Melanin and Sustainable Style Is Putting Black People At The Forefront Of The Sustainability Movement," 24 June 2019 He was sacked from his first job in journalism, on the Times, for making up a quote from Sir Colin Lucas, Mr Kenny’s successor as master of Balliol, who also happened to be Mr Johnson’s godfather. The Economist, "What would Plato make of Boris Johnson?," 22 June 2019 Some fans are speculating that the reason for the coverup is related to Davidson, who has his own collection of Harry Potter tattoos, including the Sorting Hat and a quote from Dumbledore. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Ariana Grande Just Covered Up Another Tattoo On Her Hand," 20 June 2019 An article about Syria from early 2016 featured quotes from Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who was then mostly unknown and whom Hersh depicted as a beleaguered underdog. Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019 Excerpts from real interviews conducted by the Spanish rock journalist Pablo Gil and variations on a single quote from Apocalypse Now make up between them about one tenth of the book. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 See some quotes from the interview below, and download Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast here. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Listen to Oprah Interview Julia Roberts for BAZAAR's November Issue," 23 Oct. 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 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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