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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
quote /kwoʊt/USA pronunciation
v., quot•ed, quot•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, word for word: [no object]In his book he quoted from speeches of Churchill.[~ + object]He quotes you extensively in his article.
- to refer to or bring forward as evidence or support;
cite:[~ + object]He quoted the law as the basis for the lawsuit.
- to offer as a price or amount:[~ + object]The salesman quoted a low figure for the house.
- [~ + object] to state the current or market price of (a stock, bond, etc.).
- Oceanography(used in the root form to introduce the beginning of a quotation):He said, quote, "I robbed the store.''
quot•a•ble, adj. See -quot-.
- quotation mark.
v., quot•ed, quot•ing, n. v.t.
- 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.
- to make a quotation or quotations, as from a book or author.
- Oceanography(used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation.)
- Idiomsquote unquote, so called;
so to speak;
as it were:If you're a liberal, quote unquote, they're suspicious of you.
- a quotation.
- See quotation mark.
- Medieval Latin quotāre to divide into chapters and verses, derivative of Latin quot how many
- Old French coter)
- 1350–1400; 1880–85 for def. 10; Middle English coten, quoten (
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
quote /kwəʊt/ vb
- 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)
- to state (a current market price) of (a security or commodity)
- an informal word for quotation, quotation, quotation, quotation
- (often plural)
an informal word for quotation mark
Etymology: 14th Century: from Medieval Latin quotāre to assign reference numbers to passages, from Latin quot how many
- an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the words that follow it form a quotation