\ 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)

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

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 The actor and politician waited in line at Dodger Stadium for his first dose of the vaccine, making sure to quote his iconic character afterward. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, "All the Celebrities Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine," 3 Mar. 2021 The Times claims to quote an email allegedly sent to a senior royal official in 2018 by Harry and Meghan’s former communications secretary, Jason Knauf. NBC News, "Meghan calls royal bullying claims an 'attack' days before Oprah interview," 3 Mar. 2021 Both charcoal and gas grills usually quote the cooking area in square inches. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best cheap grills," 26 Feb. 2021 To quote another New Age practice, the middle way is the key to happiness. Alegría Adedeji, Harper's BAZAAR, "After a Bad Break Up, Tarot Dispelled My Anxiety," 17 Feb. 2021 Celan liked to quote the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam’s description of a poem as being like a message in a bottle, tossed into the ocean and washed up on the dunes many years later. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "How Paul Celan Reconceived Language for a Post-Holocaust World," 16 Nov. 2020 The actor and politician waited in line at Dodger Stadium for his first dose of the vaccine, making sure to quote his iconic character afterward. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, "All the Celebrities Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine," 3 Feb. 2021 Republicans tend to quote the Bible because their constituents tend to be more religious. Stuart Halpern, WSJ, "God at the Inauguration," 21 Jan. 2021 Users will still be able to quote tweet content labeled as such. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Twitter purges more than 70,000 accounts linked to QAnon," 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Everyone will expect Burke, 65, hired away from his Sportsnet commentary gig, to be an unremitting quote stream. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "NHL’s division-only format results in tunnel vision," 13 Feb. 2021 Brown wrote the original quote, and Bruce inspired the visuals. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "Meijer taps Michigan teen to design Black History Month T-shirt," 11 Feb. 2021 Overturning Facebook's decision to remove a post that misattributed a quote to Joseph Goebbels, the former Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, "The Facebook Oversight Board issues first rulings since its 2018 creation," 4 Feb. 2021 That statement included a quote from Alphabet union official and Google employee Parul Koul that was not authorized and that, according to a report in the Verge, Koul did not write. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nascent union for U.S. Google workers caught by surprise by international expansion," 2 Feb. 2021 The Texas GOP's tweet addressing the criticism included a link to a July 2020 Instagram post on West's account that uses the unattributed quote. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Texas GOP denies its slogan links to QAnon after online criticism resurges," 25 Jan. 2021 Look at the outfit and a quote from the episode, below. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Simpsons Totally Predicted Kamala Harris's Inauguration Outfit," 21 Jan. 2021 Kroll has not given the Star Tribune a quote since 2019, when Libor Jany reported accurately that Kroll is married to WCCO-TV reporter Liz Collin. Star Tribune, "Minneapolis police union chief Bob Kroll goes out with a whimper," 19 Jan. 2021 With both Wanda and Vision appearing only in Avengers, writer Roy Thomas set the pair on a romantic track, citing, in a quote given to Back Issue! Nola Pfau, Vulture, "What the Vision and the Scarlet Witch Comics Can Tell Us About WandaVision," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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

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



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