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quote

verb \ ˈkwōt also ˈkōt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of quote

quoted; quoting
transitive verb
1 a :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 2a
  • quoting the motifs of past artists
2 :to cite in illustration
  • quote a similar case
3 a :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

quoter

noun

Examples of quote in a Sentence

  1. He began his speech by quoting Shakespeare.

  2. The reporter quoted the police chief as saying that an investigation would be launched soon.

  3. He quotes the Bible frequently.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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quote

noun

Definition of quote

2 :quotation mark often used orally to indicate the beginning of a direct quotation

Examples of quote in a Sentence

  1. Each chapter of the book began with an inspirational quote.

  2. She included quotes from the poem in her essay.

  3. The article included quotes from the mayor and several councilors.

  4. The price quotes exceeded our expectations.

  5. I checked the stock quotes online.

  6. Titles of newspaper articles should be placed in quotes.

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First Known Use of quote

1888

quote Synonyms


Financial Definition of QUOTE

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.



QUOTE Defined for English Language Learners

quote

verb

Definition of quote for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


QUOTE Defined for Kids

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quote

verb \ ˈkwōt \

Definition of quote for Students

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

History for quote

Sometimes passages in books are numbered. The English word quote came from a medieval Latin word quotare that meant “to refer to a passage by number.” English quote means “to repeat the words of a passage exactly.” The idea of number has been lost.


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quote

noun

Definition of quote for Students



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