\ ˈkwōt How to pronounce quote (audio) also ˈkōt \
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)

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 Officials and pro-government politicians in Hong Kong do not deny the authenticity of the texts quoted in Question 2(c). The Economist, "Chaguan Educational freedom is under assault in Hong Kong," 23 May 2020 The one person who did talk, Shi Zhengli, quickly backtracked after being quoted in Scientific American, questioning whether bat coronaviruses could have come from the lab. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "A look at the Wuhan laboratory at the center of China's coronavirus controversy," 17 Apr. 2020 While no cost has been quoted in this plan, similar plans by Biden's former primary rivals were criticized for their high sticker price. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Biden adopts parts of Sanders' policies: lowering Medicare age and forgiving some college debt," 9 Apr. 2020 Fellow musicians, actors, politicians, and fans around the world took to the virtual public square to testify to the power of Prine's songs, many quoting his eminently memorable lyrics from his vast discography. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Singer-songwriter John Prine remembered as a 'national treasure' by Bruce Springsteen and more," 8 Apr. 2020 When company and government officials insisted the plant was safe, the reporters quoted them saying so and didn’t have the expertise to push back. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 Stanalajczo is often quoted in articles about the group Take Back Royal Oak. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak residents lob threats after official censured for flouting social distancing," 6 May 2020 Also quoted is Japanese-American astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished in the space shuttle Challenger. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the U.S. Passport Evolved from Status Symbol to Essential Travel Document," 1 May 2020 Editor's note: Mike Ricciardella, who is quoted in this article, is a family member of the editor. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Employees furious with small-business owner for accepting coronavirus relief loan to pay staff," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun See some of the inspirational quotes people are sharing on Twitter. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Twitter followers share inspirational quotes to encourage you during COVID-19," 20 Apr. 2020 His quotes were then translated and posted to Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, to place the blame on Italy for the outbreak. Fox News, "China hijacks New Mexico mom's tweets for coronavirus propaganda campaign: report," 26 Mar. 2020 Posts on the page regularly praise and thank Acton for her words of advice and guidance during the uncertain times, including sharing some of her quotes after each daily news conference. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Facebook fan page for Ohio Health Director Amy Acton garners more than 50,000 members," 25 Mar. 2020 The wall behind him had a few signs printed with motivational quotes; each sign made to look as though it had been splashed with wine. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Her quotes circulate in thousands of Instagram and Pinterest posts daily. refinery29.com, "How To Live Boldly, Just Like Frida Kahlo," 5 Mar. 2020 The Wizards shot 57% from the field, hit 19 shots from 3 and led to Monty Williams delivering one of his most profound quotes of the season so far. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Top 5: High/low moments for Phoenix Suns going into New Year 2020," 1 Jan. 2020 In a 15-minute video, Makhlouf appeared sitting before a stack of logs in what seemed to be a basement and peppered his comments with quotes from the Quran. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Syrian President Bashar Assad faces rare dissent from a top financial ally, cousin Rami Makhlouf," 8 May 2020 The quotes included here are drawn from our interview notes and their accuracy checked with our sources. Andrew Gerard, The Conversation, "Rwanda’s coffee harvest will go forward despite pandemic – at a safe distance," 7 May 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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