\ 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)

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 To quote my good frienemy Sutton (whose early dismissal was very rude, Mr. Andy): LET THE MOUSE GO. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills recap: Denise Richards' last stand," 17 Sep. 2020 Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star Andre Braugher Reflects on His Cop Roles amid Black Lives Matter Movement," 17 Sep. 2020 Those who claim the coronavirus is fake or inconsequential or insignificant enough to righteously call for ignoring the wearing of masks are, to quote Jimmy Kimmel, some of the dumbest people on the planet. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Let the Utes play. Let the Pac-12 play. Discretion has bettered valor.," 16 Sep. 2020 In some cases, this is undoubtedly the case — Vonnegut, for one, was a leftist who liked to quote Eugene Debs and thought Communism, at least on a theoretical plane, deserved a fairer hearing in America. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11," 10 Sep. 2020 The defense goes on to quote Kopelman pointing out that the WikiLeaks founder has shown signs of preparing for the end of his life, such as seeking Catholic absolution and creating a will. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Julian Assange Lays Out His Case Against US Extradition," 7 Sep. 2020 Back in 1970, in an essay for The New York Times Magazine (those were the days), Milton Friedman set out why, to quote its title, The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: SEC, USO, SRI, etc.," 19 Aug. 2020 Helen sang hymns while cooking and cleaning and would often quote Scriptures to her children while folding laundry. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Couple married for 68 years died within a month of each other during COVID-19 pandemic," 17 Aug. 2020 Others say a vacation rental should always quote a full price upfront. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Vacation rentals are taking a page from the hotel playbook and tacking on extra fees," 14 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in the 1980s, the quote took on new meaning for her. Dayna Tortorici, The New York Review of Books, "The Desk and the Daring," 22 Sep. 2020 Stallworth said that the administration was generally supportive of her and responded to parents, refuting their claims about the book and the quote. S. Wayne Carter Jr., baltimoresun.com, "After photo of teacher giving finger to Trump sticker goes viral, John Carroll School dismisses her, changes social media policies," 17 Sep. 2020 He’s not a guy who’s going to be screaming for the quote. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: The best-kept secret in S.A. politics just might convince you to vote for workforce development," 11 Sep. 2020 Among the revelations in Woodward’s book is a quote that underscores how opposed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was over Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "President Trump loves the military, just not its leaders, according to Woodward’s book," 10 Sep. 2020 Ohio Republicans also sent out a similar mailer with a quote from Trump praising absentee voting. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: DeJoy Under Fire, Election Administrators, Pandemic Voting and More," 21 Aug. 2020 The article about the way deaths are reported ends with a quote from Colorado state Rep. Mark Baisley questioning the motivation of why the state would change the cause of death. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Trump’s medical experiment (5/21/20)," 21 May 2020 Tarek posted a photo on his Instagram January 22 with a quote about the importance of distancing yourself from negative people. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "Tarek El Moussa Posts Cryptic Instagram Quote as Divorce From Christina Is Finalized," 23 Jan. 2018 Use light-colored gourds to better show off your favorite seasonal quote. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Festive Ways to Feature Fall Pumpkin Decor in Your Home," 10 Sep. 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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24 Sep 2020

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“Quote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quote. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce quote (audio) 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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