\ 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)

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 Critics hated Belly, but there’s a reason people like me could quote the film without ever having seen it. Jordan Coley, Vulture, "Belly Is the FUBU of American Cinema, and That’s Why I Love It," 14 Apr. 2021 Unlike the earlier film, though, the new one doesn’t offer much in the way of film clips from the writers themselves, and doesn’t (at least, doesn’t claim to) quote directly from their work. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Exterminate All the Brutes,” Reviewed: A Vast, Agonizing History of White Supremacy," 9 Apr. 2021 Polaris doesn't quote shift times, but this automatic's one-Mississippi shift action is more early Smart ForTwo than Ferrari F430 Scuderia. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2021 Polaris Slingshot AutoDrive Now Grants You Control," 8 Apr. 2021 The post does not quote or cite evidence from the bill to support the claim. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: COVID-19 stimulus bill doesn't include bonuses for members of House," 12 Mar. 2021 Possibly that injunction was later lifted; in any case, Nadel does quote, and his acknowledgments thank a number of Roth’s friends, Taylor among them. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, "Philip’s Theater," 23 Mar. 2021 Then came Slate’s Mike Pesca, a popular podcast host, who debated with colleagues via Slack, an online office messaging app, whether non-Black people should be allowed to quote the word. Washington Post, "Some journalists are debating when it’s okay to use the n-word. But this one should be easy.," 25 Feb. 2021 With these two new editions of her work, her voice resounds, a writer who is easy to quote but whose self is impossible, in the end, to distill into a catchphrase. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Audre Lorde Broke the Silence," 25 Mar. 2021 But filming the scene in freezing New England temperatures in the middle of the night with co-star Barr, the similarity was not lost on the younger Spielberg, who made sure to quote Harrison Ford's globetrotting archaeologist for the occasion. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Meet Sawyer Spielberg, Steven Spielberg's son taking a bite out of Hollywood with 'Honeydew'," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This quote is from the Time Traveler, the book’s main character. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is the future real? The philosopher’s guide to time travel.," 15 Mar. 2021 The quote is reportedly an allusion to the French title of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Halle Kiefer, Vulture, "French Actress Corinne Masiero Dons Donkey Costume, Strips Nude In César Awards Protest," 13 Mar. 2021 The quote is at the beginning of an indictment for the nine Oath Keepers charged with conspiring to attack the Capitol. Erin Mansfield, USA TODAY, "Prosecutors: Oath Keepers leader stood outside Capitol on Jan. 6 as members stormed inside," 9 Mar. 2021 Some wondered if the quote attributed to Nugent might be a hoax, but the fact-checking website Snopes verified it as true. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Rocker Ted Nugent poses a new question about the COVID-19 pandemic," 12 Apr. 2021 Some wondered if the quote attributed to Nugent might be a hoax, but the fact-checking website Snopes verified it as true. al, "Ted Nugent: ‘Why weren’t we shut down for COVID one through 18?’," 12 Apr. 2021 That quote was on the back of the T-shirt Timothy McVeigh was wearing in 1995 when he was arrested less than two hours after detonating a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people. Anchorage Daily News, "He heeded Trump’s call to fight. Now a Georgia teen awaits the consequences," 11 Apr. 2021 To get your own quote, use Lemonade's easy online tool. Better Homes & Gardens, "Lemonade Homeowners Insurance Review (2021)," 9 Apr. 2021 That quote could have easily been about Dunn, who can play anywhere on the field other than goalkeeper (and that’s not an exaggeration). oregonlive, "What to know about the Portland Thorns as they kick off 2021 against Kansas City in NWSL Challenge Cup," 8 Apr. 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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4 May 2021

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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

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: to repeat (someone else's words) exactly I quoted my favorite poem.



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