\ 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

Ebrahim Raisi is set to take oath as Iran’s new chief of judiciary on Friday, according to an Iranian lawmaker quoted in state media. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Hard-Line Cleric to Head Iran’s Judiciary," 6 Mar. 2019 Per a source quoted in the People report, Jolie appointed Dejean a month ago, and the case has now been fully transitioned over. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Has Split With Her Divorce Attorney Laura Wasser," 27 Aug. 2018 The one-time Manchester United and Everton marksman batted off questions quoted in The Guardian regarding his ability in the tougher leagues in his first press conference for the U.S. capital side. SI.com, "Wayne Rooney Shrugs Off Suggestions DC United Move is Career Swansong for Forward," 3 July 2018 Sessions quoted the Bible in his defense of the policy. CBS News, "Trump's "zero tolerance" policy sowed confusion from start," 1 July 2018 Like the other witnesses quoted in this story, her full name is being withheld by the Inquirer and Daily News at the request of activists who say the witnesses may face potential reprisals. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Ex-child soldiers say Delco man turned them into killers," 19 June 2018 Her definition of the American sonnet (which Hayes quotes in his acknowledgments) suggests that the form ought to be issue-driven, improvisational, minimalist and fun. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018 Here are some of the most iconic Kim Kardashian quotes online. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian's Most Savage Quotes and Clapbacks of All Time," 4 Mar. 2019 The diplomat, like some of the other officials and policymakers quoted in this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity to explain sensitive diplomatic thinking. Michael Birnbaum, chicagotribune.com, "Ahead of summit, allies wonder: Will NATO survive Trump?," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her adversaries and several reporters used quotes from private online conversations... Anastasia Lin, WSJ, "The Cultural Revolution Comes to North America," 7 Apr. 2019 Here are 30 quotes from the little yellow guy that will go perfectly with any type of Insta. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "30 SpongeBob Quotes That Make Amazing Instagram Captions," 12 Mar. 2019 Here, the best quotes from Pinkett Smith (with a special appearance by Will) during the interview. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Jada Pinkett Smith Counseled Jordyn Woods During Their Interview," 1 Mar. 2019 What began as sentimental quote soon became a viral, hilarious moment on the Internet as Gaga kept repeating it. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Just Got Roasted for Her '100 People in a Room' Comment at the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 Here’s a representative quote from a losing city: Steven Fulop, the mayor of Jersey City, N.J., across the Hudson River from Manhattan, had his own opinions about the contest. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 The University of Exeter apologized after its career services center sent an email to staff and students that included a quote from Nazi general Erwin Rommel on June 4. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "University apologizes for sending quote from Nazi general to students," 22 June 2018 Partygoers danced around the tables to admire the exquisitely monogrammed napkins and to trade the delightful paperweights engraved with quotes by influential women. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Women Ruled at this Kering and Colby Mugrabi–Hosted Dinner," 12 Mar. 2019 Ford is projecting inspirational quotes on the building leading up to its public event Tuesday telling more about its plans for the depot. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "An old pickup, a kiss, the train station: Story behind amazing photo," 15 June 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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