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.
to state (a price).
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

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)
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)
4.  quotation quotation quotation an informal word for quotation
5.  (often plural) an informal word for quotation mark : put it in quotes
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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Over years and years, they don't discuss the particular topic from a different
  angle, they simply repeat the well rehearsed quote.
There are about a half-dozen quotes that tech people use all the time.
The truth is, I fudged the quote a little.
That's a love quote if ever there was one.
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