\ ˈkwōt 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)

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

Naval Technology quotes BrahMos II as having a range of 300 kilometers, or 186 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s New Hypersonic Missile Travels Nearly Two Miles a Second," 26 Dec. 2018 New York quotes cap at $19,300, nearly $7,000 cheaper than the average New York bathroom renovation. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Renovation Start-Up Wants To Deliver Your New Bathroom To You," 17 Dec. 2018 For context, that should add about 160 miles of range; Tesla quotes a Model X as getting 144.5 miles of range after 30 minutes on a 120kW SuperCharger, and Jaguar says that an I-Pace will add 144 miles after 30 minutes on a 100kW charger. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 Business Insider quotes Meghan Markle's custom Givenchy gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller at approximately $135,000, and the Duchess of Cambridge's at approximately $434,000 gown. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much Does Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Cost?," 8 Oct. 2018 Aside from Jesus and Paul, who was ostensibly the first pope, there is another man whom white people love to quote. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy," 15 June 2018 Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle, has also been quoted in the media disparaging Meghan for not doing more to include her father's side of the family in her wedding. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Personal Assistant Has Reportedly Quit After Six Months on the Job," 10 Nov. 2018 Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling state news agency Tass. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "US decision to withdraw from Cold War-era nuke treaty draws rebuke from Russia," 23 Oct. 2018 Trump was quoted as saying in an article that appeared on B2 of the paper. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thomas' latest media tour is generating just as much buzz as his royal wedding quotes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Didn't Listen to the Queen About the Drama With Her Dad," 20 Dec. 2018 Throughout his two terms in office, Lindquist sought publicity aggressively, pumping out hundreds of news releases featuring his quotes about defendants charged with crimes. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County’s outgoing prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, admonished by state bar over conduct," 30 Nov. 2018 Below, a few of our favorite quotes from the People's Princess on life, love, and kindness. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "12 Princess Diana Quotes That Remind Us Why She Was the People's Princess," 31 Aug. 2018 Though it's been over 14 years since Gretchen Wieners tried to make fetch happen, the quotes from Mean Girls still remain relevant and hilarious to this day. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Can You Remember Who Said These Iconic "Mean Girls" Quotes?," 20 Aug. 2018 That's the basis of the movie this quote came from. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Guess What Movies These Famous Quotes Are From?," 3 Aug. 2018 His use of this quote puts Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III in very special company. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Jeff Sessions Quotes the Bible to Justify Abusing Immigrants; God Laughs," 15 June 2018 Aside from proving Stephenson is a fan of the Oxford comma, the government argued that this quote showed AT&T did intend to use Time Warner’s content as a weapon. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "AT&T, Time Warner, and the Future of TV in the Mobile Era," 13 June 2018 The crowd in liberal San Jose went wild as Newsom struck a gallant pose, and like-minded liberals cited this quote on social media, which is precisely what's wrong with this picture. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Translating Newsom doubletalk: We don't celebrate diversity, we avoid talking about it | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 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 \
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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