quo·​ta·​tion | \ kwō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce quotation (audio) also kō- \

Definition of quotation

1 : something that is quoted especially : a passage referred to, repeated, or adduced
2a : the act or process of quoting
b(1) : the naming or publishing of current bids and offers or prices of securities or commodities
(2) : the bids, offers, or prices so named or published especially : the highest bid and lowest offer for a particular security in a given market at a given time

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Examples of quotation in a Sentence

He gathered quotations from the trial transcript to prove his point. a well-known quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln a book of humorous quotations She relied heavily on quotation in her essays, which made them less original.
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Recent Examples on the Web Stewart puts poignant quotation marks around every line—how could a director look at this nonsense in a monitor and think, Brava! Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 In February 2018, the German automaker Daimler apologized for using a quotation from the Dalai Lama, who is widely viewed as a Tibetan separatist in China, in a social media post from its Mercedes-Benz brand. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 On the wall of a cultural center, Penn State has a quotation from Fidel Castro — something about justice and equality for all. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 30 July 2021 This process involves unmarked quotation and complex, allusive use of rhyme, meter, and linguistic register, all of which make her poetry extremely hard to translate. Sophie Pinkham, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Very American, very conservative (in quotation marks, of course). Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 26 July 2021 The film opens with a quotation from Art.20, Par.4 of Germany’s Constitution, which states that all Germans have the right to resist anyone who seeks to abolish the free democratic constitutional order. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Nelsons drew out these backward-looking elements, often declining to put them in ironic quotation marks and in fact savoring them to a degree that felt at times out of proportion. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 Probably no quotation faulting Biden’s record on foreign policy has resurfaced more in recent years than what Gates wrote about the former vice president in his 2014 book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of quotation

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quotation was in 1607

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10 Sep 2021

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“Quotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotation. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quotation

: something that a person says or writes that is repeated or used by someone else in another piece of writing or a speech
: the act of using quotations in a piece of writing or a speech
: a written statement of how much money a particular job will cost to do


quo·​ta·​tion | \ kwō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce quotation (audio) \

Kids Definition of quotation

: material (as a sentence or passage from a book) that is repeated exactly by someone else

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