Definition of quote in English:

quote

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Pronunciation: /kwəʊt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person): I realized she was quoting passages from Shakespeare [no object]: he quoted from the scriptures
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  • For proof look no further than last week's UK Press Gazette, which quoted Lord Wakeham's speech at the Bank of Scotland awards.
  • He quoted Paul Harris' words, ‘This is a changing world, and we must be prepared to change with it.’
  • One writer has noted 193 Scripture texts quoted by Patrick; 118 of these from the New Testament.
Synonyms
recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot; take, extract, excerpt, derive; misquote
archaic ingeminate
1.1Repeat a statement by (someone): a military spokesman was quoted as saying that the border was now quiet
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  • ‘I had not the slightest emotional reaction,’ she's quoted as saying.
  • An unnamed Administration official is quoted as saying, ‘No one thinks the press conference was successful.’
  • He was once quoted as saying: ‘… that's what I'm proud of being, one of the best shopkeepers on the planet.’
1.2Mention or refer to (someone or something) to provide evidence or authority for a statement or opinion: the examples quoted above could be multiplied from case studies from all over England
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  • Well, the article in the accountants' newsletter referred to above quotes an example.
  • A new scientific study was quoted in evidence on Richardson's behalf, decisively.
  • In her memorandum opinion, Judge Kessler quoted a declaration by Julia Tarver, the counsel for three of the petitioners.
Synonyms
cite, mention, refer to, make reference to, give, name, instance, specify, identify; relate, recount, enumerate, list, itemize, spell out, allude to, adduce, exemplify, put forward, point out, call attention to, present, offer, advance, propose
1.3 (quote someone/thing as) Put forward or describe someone or something as being: heavy teaching loads are often quoted as a bad influence on research
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  • For instance, the authors quote an example of a man who developed osteomyelitis as a consequence of failure to manage the leg ulcers aggressively.
  • They are constantly quoted as evidence that man-made climate change is not happening.
  • Lack of funds to purchase the dustbins and lack of suitable dumping sites are quoted as the main hurdles faced by the local bodies.
2Give someone (the estimated price of a job or service): [with two objects]: a garage quoted him £30
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  • Of course, I had no idea how much the journey should cost, so assumed I was being quoted an inflated price.
  • The agent is quoting a guide price of €2.5 million.
  • The agent is quoting a selling price of just over €2.5 million for the building, reflecting a net initial yield of 5.51 per cent.
Synonyms
estimate, state, set, tender, bid, offer; price something at
2.1 (quote someone/thing at/as) Name at (specified odds): he is quoted as 9-2 favourite to score the first goal of the match
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  • Only Seagram, Lord Gyllene and Earth Summit of the last 11 Aintree winners were quoted at 20-1 or shorter by William Hill at the time of publication of the handicap.
  • O'Brien's blanket entry left the Tote quoting the trainer at 13-8 to lift the sprint prize without naming any of his eight acceptors.
  • The Rhinos are quoted at 11-10, Bradford are 5-2, St Helens 9-2 and Wigan at 6-1, while promoted Leigh are the 1,000-1 rank outsiders.
3 Stock Exchange Give (a company) a quotation or listing on a stock exchange: a British conglomerate quoted on the London Stock Exchange
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  • A large number of Japanese companies are currently quoted on the US Stock Exchange.
  • The company, already quoted on the Toronto stock exchange with a value of about £20m, is raising a further £10m to run a feasibility study at its Colombian gold and silver project.
  • It is made up of the 100 largest companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange by value.

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1A quotation from a text or speech: a quote from Wordsworth
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  • Anyway, I was just looking for the text of his remarks, which I didn't find, but I did find an additional quote from the speech that struck me.
  • Their quotes and epigrams take up a sometimes shocking amount of space in columns and essays.
  • The sad thing is that the quotes and slogans are not only dated - but they're stupid.
2A quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service: quotes from different insurance companies
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  • He is now awaiting an insurance quote to ascertain the cost of repairing damage to both the statue and its foundations.
  • The cost of simply getting a quote or estimate for its repair will likely amount to a fair percentage of the replacement cost.
  • Once you have an idea of the areas where you'd like concrete to be poured, contact service professionals to get quotes.
2.1 Stock Exchange A price offered by a market-maker for the sale or purchase of a stock or other security: quotes for North Sea Brent were rising
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  • The site offers free real-time stock quotes to those who register.
  • Then, Schwarz called her brokerage firm for a quote on the stock's price.
  • He was very fidgety, he had a pager with him at all times, which he was checking the stock market quotes on, the movements within the day.
3 Stock Exchange A quotation or listing of a company on a stock exchange.
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  • This plan has involved disposing of non-core assets and seeking separate stock market quotes for businesses that can be ring-fenced.
  • Other Irish companies with stock market quotes in the US have also suffered heavy downgrades by the market.
  • So United are finding out that a stock market quote has a downside as well as an upside.
4 (quotes) Quotation marks: use double quotes around precise phrases you wish to search for
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  • The movement of the networks into primetime with ‘news,’ and I put news in quotes, is a different kind of news.
  • Most spreadsheets will automatically enclose text cells with quotes when exported in CSV format.
  • Throughout the text, double quotes are used when citing literally.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin quotare, from quot 'how many', or from medieval Latin quota (see 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 century).

Phrases

quote —— unquote (also quote, unquote)

informal Used parenthetically when speaking to indicate the beginning and end of a statement or passage that one is repeating: the second sentence says, quote, There has never been a better time to invest in the commodities market, unquote the brochure describes the view as, quote, unquote, unforgettably breathtaking
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  • But when you're the editor of a magazine at a convention full of quote healers unquote, people will trip over themselves trying to show you how their particular shtick will make you feel better.

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