\ ˈkwōt 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)

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 Thousands of us like the books cited on the loneliness quotes page on Goodreads. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020 An onlooker quoted for repeated those claims of romance. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas's Budding Romance," 13 Mar. 2020 Time also consulted Margaret Bishop, an expert in apparel and textile supply chains, who is quoted saying that fast fashion companies are likely to take a major hit as well due to their quick turnarounds. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Coronavirus Will Have Long-Term Effects On The Fashion Industry," 11 Mar. 2020 Two supermarkets on the first floor were being remodeled, and a pillar reportedly deformed a few minutes before the collapse, Xinhua said Sunday, quoting a district official. Time, "10-Year-Old Survives 52 Hours Trapped in Rubble After Coronavirus Quarantine Hotel Collapses in China," 10 Mar. 2020 In response to the tweet and others like it, Tito’s quoted the CDC to explain why people shouldn't make their own hand sanitizer with its vodka. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Why Tito's Doesn't Want People Using Its Vodka to Make Their Own Hand Sanitizers," 5 Mar. 2020 Mercedes says the larger GLS63 weighs around 500 pounds more than the GLE63 S and should crack 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, or 0.4 second longer than what the company quotes for its smaller sibling. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-AMG's GLS63 Is a Ballistic School Bus," 2 Mar. 2020 The news report quoted a top SMCI official as saying the gangs were running the prison, an accusation MDOC spokeswoman Grace Fisher denied. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Justice Dept. Says It Will Investigate Deadly Conditions at Four Mississippi Prisons," 6 Feb. 2020 The Fish and Wildlife Service’s press release heralding its intention not to prosecute accidental bird deaths quotes a number of government and industry representatives. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here are the best quotes from some of your favorite characters. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "35 Best "Riverdale" Quotes of All Time," 5 Mar. 2020 This post has been updated with quotes from the creative team at the TCA presentation. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Zoë Kravitz explains her plan to combat heartbreak in Hulu's High Fidelity trailer," 17 Jan. 2020 Clearly the Argentine will do this, which was made clear by his quotes from his recent press conference. SI.com, "Dele Alli: Why the Spurs Starlet Has Fallen Apart and How He Can Be Put Back Together," 2 Nov. 2019 Senior Politico writer Carla Marinucci took Trump’s quote and tweeted it next to a quote of President Trump criticizing a political rival. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Melania Trump mocked for receiving 2020 'Woman of Distinction' award," 20 Feb. 2020 Pieces should include links (URLs, not headlines or footnotes) to back up quotes and factual material. USA Today, "How to submit a column," 20 Feb. 2020 From funny Irish puns to cute one-liners to famous quotes, these St. Paddy's Day captions are sure to earn a lot of likes—and no pinches! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "40 Best St. Patrick's Day Captions for Instagram That Are More Charming Than a Leprechaun," 29 Jan. 2020 The couple even alluded to a quote Epstein made in 2017 as proof of the dog’s problem. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Epstein’s dog damaged an Arizona rental home with excessive peeing, the owners say. Now they’re suing the Cubs president.," 15 Oct. 2019 Some of the quotes were first reported by New York magazine in 2001 and have since appeared elsewhere. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, "Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments," 16 Feb. 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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30 Mar 2020

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“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 30 Mar. 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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