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[kwoht] /kwoʊt/
verb (used with object), quoted, quoting.
to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.
to repeat words from (a book, author, etc.).
to use a brief excerpt from:
The composer quotes Beethoven's Fifth in his latest work.
to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support.
to enclose (words) within quotation marks.
  1. to state (a price).
  2. to state the current price of.
verb (used without object), quoted, quoting.
to make a quotation or quotations, as from a book or author.
(used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation. )
quote unquote, so called; so to speak; as it were:
If you're a liberal, quote unquote, they're suspicious of you.
1350-1400; 1880-85 for def 9; Middle English coten, quoten (< Old French coter) < Medieval Latin quotāre to divide into chapters and verses, derivative of Latin quot how many
Related forms
quoter, noun
outquote, verb (used with object), outquoted, outquoting.
prequote, verb (used with object), prequoted, prequoting.
requote, verb (used with object), requoted, requoting.
superquote, verb, superquoted, superquoting, noun
unquoted, adjective
Can be confused
quotation, quote. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for quote
  • Over years and years, they don't discuss the particular topic from a different angle, they simply repeat the well rehearsed quote.
  • Most politicians quote Shakespeare badly, if at all — with a special emphasis on at all.
  • There are about a half-dozen quotes that tech people use all the time.
  • He would quote the Bible quite sparingly, but to tremendous effect.
  • The truth is, I fudged the quote a little.
  • That's a love quote if ever there was one.
  • It's a quote my mother and I have shared since seeing the movie.
  • The appeals judge totally missed the point in the quote provided.
  • That Sunday, my quote appeared in his column.
  • Please, always quote your sources.
British Dictionary definitions for quote


to recite a quotation (from a book, play, poem, etc), esp as a means of illustrating or supporting a statement
(transitive) to put quotation marks round (a word, phrase, etc)
(stock exchange) to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)
an informal word for quotation (sense 1), quotation (sense 2), quotation (sense 3), quotation (sense 4)
(often pl) an informal word for quotation mark put it in quotes
an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the words that follow it form a quotation the president said, quote, I shall not run for office in November, unquote
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin quotāre to assign reference numbers to passages, from Latin quot how many
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quote
late 14c., "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references," from O.Fr. coter, from M.L. quotare "distinguish by numbers, number chapters," from L. quotus "which, what number (in sequence)," from quot "how many," related to quis "who." The sense development is via "to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" to "to copy out exact words" (1670s). The business sense of "to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. The noun, in the sense of "quotation," is attested from 1885. Quotable is from 1821. Unquote first recorded 1935, in a letter by e e cummings.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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