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[kwoh-tey-shuh n] /kwoʊˈteɪ ʃən/
something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc.:
a speech full of quotations from Lincoln's letters.
the act or practice of quoting.
  1. the statement of the current or market price of a commodity or security.
  2. the price so stated.
Origin of quotation
1525-35; 1810-15 for def 3; < Medieval Latin quotātiōn- (stem of quotātiō), equivalent to quotāt(us) (past participle of quotāre; see quote) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
prequotation, noun
self-quotation, noun
Can be confused
quotation, quote.
1. extract, citation, selection. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quotation
  • Faculty members in various disciplines differ vastly in their expectations concerning citation and quotation.
  • Certain types of quotation marks, apostrophes and foreign accents are among the characters that may be rendered incorrectly.
  • Narrative, description and quotation illustrate a universal tendency to overfish and destroy.
  • Your quotation simply means it is spacetime that is expanding fast, not the object relative to local spacetime.
  • My quotation of the day, as supplied by this online quote merchant, felt apropos.
  • Readers may be able to perform a search for a quotation from an electronic source.
  • And pay no attention to the publication this quotation is from.
  • Did you read the article, because that is where the quotation came from.
  • Only the words are enclosed in quotation marks, not the stars.
  • No need for the quotation marks when you think about it.
British Dictionary definitions for quotation


a phrase or passage from a book, poem, play, etc, remembered and spoken, esp to illustrate succinctly or support a point or an argument
the act or habit of quoting from books, plays, poems, etc
(commerce) a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
an estimate of costs submitted by a contractor to a prospective client; tender
(stock exchange) registration granted to a company or governmental body, enabling the shares and other securities of the company or body to be officially listed and traded
(printing) a large block of type metal that is less than type-high and is used to fill up spaces in type pages
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Word Origin and History for quotation

mid-15c., "numbering," later (1530s) "marginal notation," noun of action from quote (v.) or else from Medieval Latin quotationem (nominative quotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of quotare "to number." Meaning "an act of quoting" is from 1640s; that of "passage quoted" is from 1680s. Quotation marks attested by 1777.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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