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quote

[kwoht]
verb (used with object), quoted, quoting.
1.
to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.
2.
to repeat words from (a book, author, etc.).
3.
to use a brief excerpt from: The composer quotes Beethoven's Fifth in his latest work.
4.
to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support.
5.
to enclose (words) within quotation marks.
6.
Commerce.
a.
to state (a price).
b.
to state the current price of.
verb (used without object), quoted, quoting.
7.
to make a quotation or quotations, as from a book or author.
8.
(used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation. )
noun
9.
Idioms
11.
quote unquote, so called; so to speak; as it were: If you're a liberal, quote unquote, they're suspicious of you.

Origin:
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

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

quotation, quote.
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quote (kwəʊt)
 
vb
1.  to recite a quotation (from a book, play, poem, etc), esp as a means of illustrating or supporting a statement
2.  (tr) to put quotation marks round (a word, phrase, etc)
3.  stock exchange to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)
 
n
4.  quotation quotation quotation an informal word for quotation
5.  (often plural) an informal word for quotation mark : put it in quotes
 
interj
6.  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
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin quotāre to assign reference numbers to passages, from Latin quot how many]

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Main Entry:  quote unquote
Part of Speech:  interj
Definition:  an expression used parenthetically to draw attention to a word or phrase, esp. for irony or sarcasm
Example:  We talk about her quote unquote athletic ability.
Etymology:  possibly from BBC series which began in 1976
Usage:  slang
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Word Origin & History

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.
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quote, unquote definition


  1. phr.
    a parenthetical expression said before a word or short phrase indicating that the word or phrase would be in quotation marks if used in writing. : So I said to her, quote, unquote, it's time we had a little talk.
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