\ 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)

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

Her characters aren’t meant to be quoted in inspirational memes, or reproduced on placards, or held up as paragons of empowerment or feminist virtue. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Margaret Atwood," 5 Sep. 2019 Most agreed to be quoted only on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Meet the real brains behind Boris Johnson's Brexit plan," 21 Aug. 2019 The new book is a collection of 365 of the Today co-anchor's favorite quotes that offer wisdom, courage, and hope. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Hoda Kotb Just Spilled SUPER Exciting News on Instagram While on Maternity Leave," 1 Aug. 2019 Along with his wife and brother, the Raveendran clan now holds a total stake of about 35%, said the people familiar, asking not to be quoted as the matter is private. Saritha Rai, Fortune, "How a 37-Year-Old Former Teacher Became India’s Newest Billionaire," 29 July 2019 After two years of study, 2,000 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, hundreds of interviews, etc., etc., the Special Counsel and his team managed to quote, and then astoundingly ignore, the four words that matter most. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Disappointed in Pam Wheelock’s DHS answers, for these reasons," 24 July 2019 But, to quote Monty Python, the Reds aren’t quite dead yet. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds followed a thriller with a laugher – beating Milwaukee Brewers 14-6," 23 July 2019 Her swagger is backed up by the music, which hits the sweet spot between slow like honey and heavy with mood, to quote Fiona Apple. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Lila Iké, Doe Paoro & More," 14 July 2019 The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Jahromi on Aug. 13 as saying that the Nahid-1 was ready to be delivered to Iran's Defense Ministry, signaling a launch date for the satellite likely loomed. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Satellite images suggest Iranian rocket blew up on launch pad," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And new vehicle owners can request a quote prior to delivery, the company said. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Tesla offers discount car insurance to California owners, citing advanced safety features," 28 Aug. 2019 Audience members participated by reading quotes from activists like the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and abolitionist Prince Hall. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "On slavery’s 400th anniversary, a day of healing at Faneuil Hall," 25 Aug. 2019 Those interested in pursuing solar options for their home can receive a free quote by contacting Dickman at 619-654-7184. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Vivint Solar offers many ways to finance solar energy," 22 Aug. 2019 Here's the quote, as recorded by the Des Moines Register. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The New 'New Colossus'," 18 Aug. 2019 Prior to Brandon's comments, Brody posted a cryptic quote under a picture of himself on IG. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, ""The Hills" Star Brandon Lee Just Called Out Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter for "Fake" PDA," 13 Aug. 2019 Other times, they were marked by a quote that provided keen insight into what was going on in Kentucky or in national politics. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Quips, quotes and one-liners: The 50 greatest zingers from 50 years of Fancy Farm," 30 July 2019 Law and Justice, the nationalist party that rules Poland and dominates local politics in Belchatow, has made the quality of Polish coal a patriotic cause (one critic refuses to give a quote for fear of reprisals). The Economist, "Environmentalism is emerging as Europe’s new culture war," 29 June 2019 Blackwall Hitch’s website touts a different executive chef for each of its four locations, complete with a quote about his vision and approach to cuisine. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Inconsistent food and service make for a frustrating dining experience at Inner Harbor’s Blackwall Hitch," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 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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