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quote

[kwoht] /kwoʊt/
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.
  1. to state (a price).
  2. 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
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.
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Examples from the web for quotes
  • Have students discuss the implications of the following quotes.
  • The best thing that you can do is to call vendors and get good quotes on the equipment you need.
  • OP, direct quotes from other sources must be enclosed by quotation marks.
  • The quotes from it, though accurately transcribed, are made to function as lies by being placed in an utterly mendacious context.
  • Quotable quotes are coins rubbed smooth by circulation.
  • Every great sports movie can be boiled down to its memorable quotes.
  • Real science quotes repeatable experiments, or it's not a far cry from conspiracy theory.
  • First off, putting quotes around something doesn't make it a reliable source.
  • There are ideas and quotes there that are confusing and contradictory.
  • The author quotes that the gasification of coal will consume more energy.
British Dictionary definitions for quotes

quote

/kwəʊt/
verb
1.
to recite a quotation (from a book, play, poem, etc), esp as a means of illustrating or supporting a statement
2.
(transitive) to put quotation marks round (a word, phrase, etc)
3.
(stock exchange) to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)
noun
4.
an informal word for quotation (sense 1), quotation (sense 2), quotation (sense 3), quotation (sense 4)
5.
(often pl) an informal word for quotation mark put it in quotes
interjection
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
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin quotāre to assign reference numbers to passages, from Latin quot how many
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Word Origin and History for quotes

quote

v.

late 14c., coten, "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references," from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare "distinguish by numbers, number chapters," from Latin quotus "which in order? what number (in sequence)?," from quot "how many," from PIE *kwo-ti-, from pronomial root *kwo- (see who).

The sense development is via "to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" (1570s) to "to copy out or repeat exact words" (1670s). Modern spelling with qu- is from early 15c. The business sense of "to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. Related: Quoted; quoting.

n.

"a quotation," 1885, from quote (v.). From c.1600 as "a marginal reference." Quotes for "quotation marks" is from 1869.

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