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

Essential Meaning of quote

1 : to repeat (something written or said by another person) exactly
2 : to write or say the exact words of (someone) He began his speech by quoting Shakespeare. Can I quote you on that? [=can I tell other people that you said that?] See More ExamplesHe was quoted as saying that there would be further delays. [=it was reported that he said that there would be further delays] The reporter quoted the police chief as saying that an investigation would be launched soon.Hide
3 : to write or say a line or short section from (a piece of writing or a speech) He quotes the Bible frequently.

Full 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

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 Behavior geneticists frequently quote an old disciplinary chestnut about how first-time parents are naïve behaviorists and that a second child turns them into convinced geneticists. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 To quote The New York Times, the fact that the U.S. is off the EU safe travel list doesn’t mean that all unvaccinated Americans will need to quarantine. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 To quote an internet proverb: What happened to the original plot of the movie? Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 22 July 2021 The controversy reawakens a longstanding debate about how journalists quote their subjects. Anne Quito, Quartz, 18 July 2021 One other person to quote on that was San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 June 2021 Then, the attorney will quote them a fee to guide them through the Chapter 7 case. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 18 July 2021 To quote a tweet that still haunts this writer’s memory: Are the Doors the worst good band or the best bad band? Devon Ivie, Vulture, 12 July 2021 For me this is deja vu all over again (to quote Yankee great Yogi Berra), having spent the early part of the 2000s mixing projects in 5.1 surround sound, immersive’s technology predecessor. Bobby Owsinski, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That means a re-quote with short-notice pricing often up to 50% more. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Kanter referenced a quote from pastor W.A. Criswell, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2021 An article on Tuesday about a rise in demand for the drug ivermectin misattributed a quote from an author of an ivermectin study. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 One quote in particular about the defensive front stood out. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2021 Oladipo quote-tweeted an MSN Sports story with lots and lots of blue caps, caps being slang for lies. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors showed that Winder emailed Mills a two-page quote that said the county could save as much as $2 million by switching to NaphCare. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2021 Each day gets its own page, along with a quote that always manages to be thought-provoking without being too trite. Medea Giordan, Wired, 30 Aug. 2021 What’s your go-to motivational quote when things get tough? Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 25 Aug. 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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\ 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.



Kids Definition of quote (Entry 2 of 2)

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