Definition of quotation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkwōˈtāSH(ə)n/


1A group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker: a quotation from Mark Twain biblical quotations
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  • Yet a professor I'm working with insists on having some 55-word quotations be set as normal quotes, and some 45-word quotations be set as block quotes.
  • Age and ailments do not mar the freedom fighter's energy levels, he answers all his letters and his phone calls, files all his correspondence and can fish out exact quotations from Gandhiji's speeches in moments.
  • It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
1.1A short musical passage or visual image taken from one piece of music or work of art and used in another.
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  • Although there are no musical quotations, the description and analysis of some of the works given are enough.
  • The score contains a quotation from Busoni's Sonatina Seconda.
  • His music abounds in hidden quotations and secret subtexts.
1.2The action of quoting from a text, speech, piece of music, or work of art: a great argument with much quotation of Darwin
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  • My one criticism would be that it seems overly reliant on lots of quotation from news pieces.
  • This strategy does not just incorporate the parody or direct quotation of prior texts, but uses everyday objects as the basis of its allegorical structure.
  • That decision is so well known that it is usually cited without any quotation from the speeches.
2A formal statement setting out the estimated cost for a particular job or service: you will be sent a written quotation for the cost of repairing your machine
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  • Removal costs vary widely and quotations depend on the volume of belongings to be moved.
  • The client usually receives a quotation with projections when buying a policy.
  • One should obtain quotations from all the insurers to be able to compare costs and benefits.
2.1 Stock Market A price offered by a broker for the sale or purchase of a stock or other security.
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  • Because the day trader needs to monitor stock prices constantly, live price quotations are essential to his or her success.
  • While stock and bond prices are attaining new record quotations and prices, the productive basis of an economy may be eroding and vice versa.
  • During the take-over battle the stock quotations of both enterprises rose so that an investor would have to wait several hundred years to finance the purchase price of the shares from the present level of profits.
2.2 Stock Market A registration granted to a company enabling their shares to be officially listed and traded.
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  • Like foreign bonds, international share quotations have existed almost as long as stock markets themselves.
  • Knutsford was a tiny Manchester-based leather goods manufacturer, effectively a shell with a recently-acquired stock market quotation.


Mid 16th century (denoting a marginal reference to a passage of text): from medieval Latin quotatio(n-), from the verb quotare (see quote).

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Syllabification: quo·ta·tion

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