\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of his proposals include potentially charging websites a fee to quote or embed tweets from verified accounts. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 12 May 2022 How often do people quote it to you/sing it at you now? Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 24 Jan. 2022 Riordan went on to quote a Boston Globe article by Felice J. Freyer about implicit bias. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 His and Black Violin’s only concern these days is putting on a good show, a musical spectacle that keeps everyone guessing with unpredictable combinations as likely to quote Bruno Mars as Bach, Kendrick Lamar as Vivaldi. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 1 May 2022 Luttig had no idea that Pence had seen his tweet, or was going to quote him, until Pence released his statement. Jamie Gangel And Jeremy Herb, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 And listen, everyone and their mother loves to quote The Office, but this cannot be a coincidence. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 20 Feb. 2022 The Chronicle does quote positive assessments of Feinstein from fellow San Franciscan Nancy Pelosi, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, and California Senator Alex Padilla, who was named last year to the seat vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 Still, in the midst of whatever gloom may threaten, Pat is perfectly ready to quote the directives of Eleanor Roosevelt —in particular the one that advised us to do one thing every day that scares us. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This time last year, USA TODAY debunked the claim when the quote began circulating on social media about the jockey for 2021 Derby winner Medina Spirit. Ana Faguy, USA TODAY, 13 May 2022 The quote has been making the rounds on Twitter recently in light of Musk’s hostile bid. Michael Withers, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2022 That brings me back to the quote from Holes’s ex-wife. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Then, no one corrected it based on the actual quote before the special edition went to press. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 This story has been updated to correct the attribution on the first partial quote about fighting to the end to Ukraine’s prime minister, not president. Yuras Karmanau, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had incorrect wording in the quote in the final paragraph. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2022 The quote echoed a statement from her opponent Rick Caruso at a debate at the University of Southern California. Jack Ross, The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2022 The exact quote has since been questioned, because it was based on a confidential source, but the intent behind it remains clear — that Zelenskyy is not leaving his land. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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