Meaning of QUOTE in English


I. ˈkwōt also ˈkōt verb

( quot·ed ; quot·ing )

Etymology: Medieval Latin quotare to mark the number of, number references, from Latin quotus of what number or quantity, from quot how many, (as) many as; akin to Latin qui who — more at who

Date: 1582

transitive verb


a. : to speak or write (a passage) from another usually with credit acknowledgment

b. : to repeat a passage from especially in substantiation or illustration

c. : borrow 2a

quoting the motifs of past artists

2. : to cite in illustration

quote cases of similar acts


a. : to state (the current price or bid-offer spread) for a commodity, stock, or bond

b. : to give exact information on

4. : to set off by quotation marks

intransitive verb

: to inform a hearer or reader that matter following is quoted

• quot·er noun

II. noun

Date: 1888

1. : quotation

2. : quotation mark — often used orally to indicate the beginning of a direct quotation

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