Meaning of QUOTE in English
/ kwəʊt; NAmE kwoʊt/ verb , noun
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quote (sth) (from sb/sth) | quote (sb) (as doing sth) to repeat the exact words that another person has said or written :
[ vn ]
He quoted a passage from the minister's speech.
to quote Shakespeare
The President was quoted in the press as saying that he disagreed with the decision.
'It will all be gone tomorrow.' ' Can I quote you on that? '
Don't quote me on this (= this is not an official statement) , but I think he is going to resign.
Quote this reference number in all correspondence.
[ v ]
She said, and I quote, 'Life is meaningless without love.'
[ v speech ]
'The man who is tired of London is tired of life,' he quoted.
—see also misquote
to mention an example of sth to support what you are saying :
[ vnn ]
Can you quote me an instance of when this happened?
[also vn ] ➡ note at mention
quote (sb) (sth) (for sth / for doing sth) to tell a customer how much money you will charge them for a job, service or product :
[ vnn ]
They quoted us £300 for installing a shower unit.
[also vn , v ]
[ vn ] quote sth (at sth) ( finance ) to give a market price for shares, gold or foreign money :
Yesterday the pound was quoted at $1.8285, unchanged from Monday.
[ vn ] ( finance ) to give the prices for a business company's shares on a stock exchange :
Several football clubs are now quoted on the Stock Exchange.
- quote ( ... unquote)
( informal )
= quotation (1):
The essay was full of quotes.
= quotation (2):
Their quote for the job was way too high.
quotes [ pl. ] = quotation marks :
If you take text from other sources, place it in quotes .
late Middle English : from medieval Latin quotare , from quot how many, or from medieval Latin quota . The original sense was mark a book with numbers, or with marginal references , later give a reference by page or chapter , hence cite a text or person (late 16th cent.).
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005