\ ˈkwōt also ˈkōt How to pronounce quote (audio) \
quoted; quoting

Definition of quote

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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 The website quoted the superintendent of the state’s Department of Financial Service as confirming that an investigation into the company was underway. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Direct deposit reversals strand hundreds of South Florida employees after payroll firm shuts down," 10 Sep. 2019 On August 30th Reuters news agency quoted unnamed sources in Hong Kong as saying that Mrs Lam had proposed doing so in a report submitted to the central government. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s leader has made a concession to protesters," 5 Sep. 2019 Your response might be quoted in The Seattle Times. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Parents: How do you celebrate kids going back to school?," 5 Sep. 2019 Over the weekend, Jean Jouzel, a French climate expert, was quoted in an article the New York Times ran about the G-7 meeting and climate change. Robert Bryce, National Review, "Why Climate Action Flopped at the G-7," 26 Aug. 2019 The sheer number of Android devices worldwide made this an incredibly valuable source of information, although one expert quoted by Reuters notes that carriers also have other tools that offer similar information. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google stops sharing Android user data that helped carriers plan coverage," 20 Aug. 2019 Another quoted a senior Mexican official admitting large parts of the country were lost to drug cartels. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Trump's strong reaction to leak of British memos puts a chill on diplomacy," 11 July 2019 Ex-employees allege shady tactics The amended complaint quotes 17 confidential witnesses who used to work for AT&T and one other who worked for an AT&T contractor. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit: AT&T signed customers up for DirecTV Now without their knowledge," 17 Sep. 2019 Taylor was identified in the federal lawsuit and was quoted in a statement provided by her lawyer, David Haas. Barry Wilner, chicagotribune.com, "NFL on Monday will meet with the woman who accused Antonio Brown of sexual assault," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To understand its longevity and appeal, look no further than the quote the company supplied in a news release announcing its special anniversary offerings. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "The Happy Meal, a triumph of marketing blamed for childhood obesity, is turning 40," 6 Nov. 2019 The quote is about pooing on things and being pooed on. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 12," 4 Nov. 2019 Of course, Meghan's quote could've been totally unrelated to what had happened earlier on in the day. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Posts Cryptic Instagram After Whoopi Goldberg Shuts Down Her Debate With Joy," 3 Nov. 2019 The quote is one from the semi-autobiographical novel Cherry from author Nico Walker that serves as the basis for this project. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Tom Holland takes a dramatic turn in first look at Cherry from Avengers directors," 1 Nov. 2019 From Hillary Clinton to Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Rihanna, and all the unapologetic, courageous women in between, these are the uplifting quotes to live by. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "51 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women," 30 Oct. 2019 Emma said the hospital quote for the surgery is about $147,000. Elizabeth Wolfe And Braden Goyette, CNN, "A baby woke up from a coma and smiled at his dad. Now his family is raising money to save his life," 27 Oct. 2019 Several outlets picked up on the story with the incorrect quote, prompting a feisty response from Gabbard and other candidates on Twitter. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "'Like a real athlete'," 24 Oct. 2019 Elberse has not responded to a request Thursday to address Antetokounmpo's comments but discussed the quote in question in the Journal Sentinel's story about the report. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I’ve never used those words in my life': Giannis says Harvard misquoted him on decision to stay in Milwaukee," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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31 Oct 2019

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“Quote.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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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

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



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