\ ˈkwōt How to pronounce quote (audio) 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)

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

Synonyms: Noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starting October 20 through at least the end of Election Week in the United States, users around the world will be encouraged to quote tweet first rather than to retweet. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Twitter moves to deaden impact of false and misleading tweets ahead of Election Day," 9 Oct. 2020 So when Gyllenhaal posted a photo of himself as, quite literally, a little kid with glasses, Swift fans could not help but quote those lyrics in the comments. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Fans Are Flooding Jake Gyllenhaal's Instagram Comments," 30 Sep. 2020 Among the DPs Nasaw chose to quote is the grandmother of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, "Displaced: ‘The Last Million’ refugees to leave Europe after World War II," 30 Sep. 2020 To quote my good frienemy Sutton (whose early dismissal was very rude, Mr. Andy): LET THE MOUSE GO. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recap: Denise Richards' last stand," 17 Sep. 2020 Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star Andre Braugher Reflects on His Cop Roles amid Black Lives Matter Movement," 17 Sep. 2020 Those who claim the coronavirus is fake or inconsequential or insignificant enough to righteously call for ignoring the wearing of masks are, to quote Jimmy Kimmel, some of the dumbest people on the planet. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Let the Utes play. Let the Pac-12 play. Discretion has bettered valor.," 16 Sep. 2020 In some cases, this is undoubtedly the case — Vonnegut, for one, was a leftist who liked to quote Eugene Debs and thought Communism, at least on a theoretical plane, deserved a fairer hearing in America. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11," 10 Sep. 2020 The defense goes on to quote Kopelman pointing out that the WikiLeaks founder has shown signs of preparing for the end of his life, such as seeking Catholic absolution and creating a will. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Julian Assange Lays Out His Case Against US Extradition," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This story has been updated with a quote from Gemma Maclean. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "One in four pregnant people with COVID-19 may have lingering ‘long-haul’ illness," 8 Oct. 2020 His first quote in the book is: A person has to have a purpose to live. NBC News, "Why this artist built guitars out of a tree that was once used in a lynching," 8 Oct. 2020 Meghan concluded her appearance with a quote from famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe, alluding to her own personal experience with being a highly notable figure existing in the social media age. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Describes the Current Cultural Climate as a Moment of "Reset" and "Reckoning"," 29 Sep. 2020 Someone sent a gift card with a quote from the series that Ms. Milchtein secretly included in the ceremony as a surprise to her new wife. Lauren Rowello, New York Times, "When a Few Thousand Strangers R.S.V.P.," 29 Aug. 2020 The quote was from civil rights activist Tamika Mallory, according to Louisville NBC affiliate Wave 3. NBC News, "Megan Thee Stallion slams Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron over Breonna Taylor case on 'SNL'," 4 Oct. 2020 The video’s title is a quote from the abolitionist and former slave Sojourner Truth. New York Times, "Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison," 24 Sep. 2020 The quote is from Plato, the Greek philosopher, who was born about 2,500 years ago. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Music teachers, fearing a lost generation of performers, are forced to improvise," 6 Sep. 2020 In an interview, Heisse defended the headline, noting the quote was accurate. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha News journalist quits: 'At the core of my decision was one person, Jacob Blake'," 2 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of quote was in 1582

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18 Oct 2020

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“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce quote (audio) How to pronounce quote (audio)

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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