\ 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 But that broader aspect of the movie feels underdeveloped, focusing specifically on the central couple's plight, and particularly the extent to which Trinitie will go, to quote the song, in standing by her man. Brian Lowry, CNN, 2 Sep. 2022 So this unfamiliar coach asked him to quote his numbers. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 8 Sep. 2022 This tweet garnered over 2,700 likes and 670 retweets and quote retweets. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 29 Aug. 2022 Wall Street analysts are typically — to quote an old REM song — shiny happy people. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 23 Aug. 2022 To quote one of his old album titles, Elvis Is Back! David Browne, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2022 To quote an anonymous sage, the only constant is change. Rex Ahlstrom, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 The reporters quote Peter Bod, a former governor of Hungary’s central bank. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 22 Aug. 2022 That’s half of what Betts is scheduled to pocket at 31, and that’s only if the Braves decide to pick up the option for that season on somebody who (to quote that Braves official again) could become the next Mookie Betts. Terence Moore, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Biden’s full quote wasn’t so simple, or straight forward. Erin Prater, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 If someone uses the formal name in a quotation, and the quote is necessary, that is fine. WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The quote was part of a larger text message conversation between Lorenz and Libs of TikTok. Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, 5 Sep. 2022 That last quote isn’t from science fiction, by the way. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2022 Alongside each image is a quote from one of the iconic cast of characters that will have your gift recipient gearing up for a re-watch. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 3 Aug. 2022 But Bertelsman had previously narrowed Sandmann’s suit to focus only on whether the quote attributed to Phillips was defamatory. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2022 But the press release that quote is from actually struck a more constructive tone overall. Quora, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Under questioning, Mizrahi said that the quote was just from her memory of what she had been told 13 years earlier, and was not meant to be exact. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 10 June 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.



Kids Definition of quote (Entry 2 of 2)

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