Definition of quote in English:

quote

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’
    • ‘The deputy judge quoted extensively from the speeches of Lord Nicholls and Lord Hoffmann.’
    • ‘He quoted directly the relevant paragraph of the federal code, which outlaws paying persons to register or to vote.’
    • ‘I will selectively quote what I find interesting; you can find the entire speech here.’
    • ‘I will also quote again from the same article, which I think is very good.’
    • ‘In this paper, we quote extensively from the interviews.’
    • ‘The judge then considered and quoted at length from the cross-examination of Mr Kirkland.’
    • ‘I think it's good when the Senator speaks of God and quotes Old Testament Scripture.’
    • ‘Their faulty statements were unfortunately also quoted by the media and certain officials outside the mining sector.’
    • ‘And he worries that reporters might selectively quote from documents or other material they find electronically.’
    • ‘One writer has noted 193 Scripture texts quoted by Patrick; 118 of these from the New Testament.’
    • ‘On page 36, Bill Kauffman quotes Ray Bradbury's line that ‘No person ever died that had a family.’’
    • ‘For proof look no further than last week's UK Press Gazette, which quoted Lord Wakeham's speech at the Bank of Scotland awards.’
    • ‘People are being milked for every last dime and scriptures are quoted out of context.’
    • ‘The two lines from a poem quoted on the fourth page should have been credited to Dylan Thomas.’
    • ‘The reporter extensively quotes a report that was " generated " by a former Australian Recording Industry Association lawyer.’
    • ‘We wrote to him and quoted his letter to our reader (claiming no one had challenged the alleged rampant anti-Semitism).’
    • ‘The document was always referred to as quoting the thoughts of ‘a fifth century Chinese warlord’.’
    • ‘He then set out his conclusions which I quoted earlier in this judgment.’
    • ‘Spring makes a virtue of necessity, quoting from her letters and conversations extensively.’
    • ‘He quoted Paul Harris' words, ‘This is a changing world, and we must be prepared to change with it.’’
    recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot
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    1. 1.1 Repeat a statement by (someone)
      ‘a military spokesman was quoted as saying that the border was now quiet’
      • ‘‘It took us a lifetime to build our houses,’ one former resident was quoted as saying in a Reuters report.’
      • ‘He is also quoted as saying: ‘I don't think it's possible to stifle your opinions.’’
      • ‘The Daily Telegraph in London quoted one former Defence Ministry official as terming the episode a "cock-up".’
      • ‘He was once quoted as saying: ‘… that's what I'm proud of being, one of the best shopkeepers on the planet.’’
      • ‘Rani, she said, liked to quote William Shakespeare in her notebook, and wrote her own thoughts in it as well.’
      • ‘One will just have to assume that the reporter quoted the petite entertainer verbatim.’
      • ‘But he admits that it's favoured by people who, and I quote him word for word, ‘neither speak English nor Spanish properly’.’
      • ‘I am not actually quoting him word for word, you know.’
      • ‘The magazine quotes a plaintiff's lawyer: ‘We'll find out in about 2015.’’
      • ‘Diplomats quoted by the agency argued such a move would push Bulgaria's hand on the matter.’
      • ‘I've become quite famous you know, people quote me in newspapers and I get to call Ray Martin ‘Ray my man’ to his face!’
      • ‘‘I had not the slightest emotional reaction,’ she's quoted as saying.’
      • ‘He is quoted as saying that after listening to the debate he decided not to vote and instead he went for a stroll round the city streets.’
      • ‘I was not taking notes while McCain spoke, so I couldn't quote him verbatim, and did not purport to.’
      • ‘And that's not just because Rob autographed my free copy and quoted me on pages 133 and 202!’
      • ‘If an article is written about your business or if you are quoted in an article, find ways for more people to read it.’
      • ‘The statement also quoted former manager Judith Maycock, who has not worked at the pub for more than a year-and-a-half.’
      • ‘An unnamed Administration official is quoted as saying, ‘No one thinks the press conference was successful.’’
      • ‘One of the things he does when he's writing home is to quote Jane Austen a good deal to his sisters.’
      • ‘Witnesses are quoted as saying the troops fired on residents from tank-mounted machine guns.’
      • ‘One widespread method to spice up a report is quoting unspecified diplomatic sources.’
      • ‘One young entrant, quoting his father, wrote that his house was ‘built by cowboys’!’
    2. 1.2 Mention 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’
      • ‘However, all the contemporary examples she quotes show folk beliefs as an active element of people's lives, not as unchanging fossilised remnants.’
      • ‘None of the books quotes any sources or authorities for its statements, and all have pathetic indexes.’
      • ‘To support his argument, he quotes opinion polls showing that people in prosperous societies are often unhappy with their lives.’
      • ‘A new scientific study was quoted in evidence on Richardson's behalf, decisively.’
      • ‘Second, the remarks were only quoted as an example.’
      • ‘Some readers may have been perturbed by the figures quoted in that article.’
      • ‘‘I think it's abysmal, and you can quote me on that,’ Roberts said.’
      • ‘Supporting this statement the authors quote a report of five patients published in 1983 by Miller and coworkers.’
      • ‘In her memorandum opinion, Judge Kessler quoted a declaration by Julia Tarver, the counsel for three of the petitioners.’
      • ‘As an example he quotes the classical story of Aristippus who, on being shipwrecked on Rhodes, realised that the inhabitants were civilised when he saw a mathematical figure drawn in the sand.’
      • ‘New Zealand attendees should quote authority code #DOM3674 / 0.’
      • ‘Figures are often quoted to buttress preconceived and personal agendas.’
      • ‘Well, the article in the accountants' newsletter referred to above quotes an example.’
      • ‘So it does have something to do with rejecting modern culture as being empty and shallow, you can quote me on that.’
      • ‘Both sides held firmly to their positions, quoting authoritative sources to make out their cases, and exerting themselves to the utmost to try and argue things out.’
      • ‘Your percentages quoted on page 40 make no sense.’
      • ‘Fruit pastes are also made in the New World; for example, Fannie Farmer quotes peach leather as a speciality of Charleston in S. Carolina.’
      • ‘Payment must be made to the cashier at the above address, quoting our reference.’
      • ‘I was awarded £43.87 pension in June and after writing and quoting your article, I received notification today that it had been increased to £82.59!’
      • ‘Cheques should be made payable to ONS (please quote the reference number above with all correspondence).’
      • ‘But all I was doing was quoting the Government Actuary Service's official projection based on immigration of 195,000 a year.’
      cite, mention, refer to, make reference to, give, name, instance, specify, identify
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    3. 1.3quote someone/something as Put forward or describe someone or something as being.
      ‘heavy teaching loads are often quoted as a bad influence on research’
      • ‘Lack of funds to purchase the dustbins and lack of suitable dumping sites are quoted as the main hurdles faced by the local bodies.’
      • ‘They are constantly quoted as evidence that man-made climate change is not happening.’
      • ‘For instance, the authors quote an example of a man who developed osteomyelitis as a consequence of failure to manage the leg ulcers aggressively.’
  • 2Give someone (the estimated price of a job or service)

    with two objects ‘a garage quoted him £30’
    • ‘Be warned, two prices are quoted depending on whether you intend to eat in or take away.’
    • ‘When asked to bid on a project, I'd quote an impossibly high price for my services, figuring that if I were going to continue to sell my soul, I should at least be well compensated for it.’
    • ‘The agent is quoting a guide price of €2.5 million.’
    • ‘When property agents quote prices in sterling, allow for fluctuations between sterling and the Irish punt.’
    • ‘While other air services quote cheaper prices for Dublin or Cork, travel cost and convenience to these airports should also be factored into the cheap air flight.’
    • ‘Of course, I had no idea how much the journey should cost, so assumed I was being quoted an inflated price.’
    • ‘She was soon persuaded to have more carpets than she wanted and they brought in some rolls before quoting a price for the work.’
    • ‘They were quoted a price that was £90 more than the same holiday in the standard brochure covering the same six-month period.’
    • ‘You have to realize that when they quote you thousands of dollars for some small items, it really isn't much.’
    • ‘Pick a sofa that's the right size for your room - remember prices are often quoted excluding fabric.’
    • ‘Most are based on two adults and two children under 12 sharing a room; if a price is quoted for one child, this is because the accommodation takes only three’
    • ‘One is quoting the price for such a plan as ‘from’ £126 a year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘As you know, construction prices are going up and when we went out to tender and the prices came in there was some hesitation in awarding at the price that was quoted,’ he said.’
    • ‘Most foreign exchange dealers would simply be quoting prices for a customer.’
    • ‘The playgroup has been quoted a price of £8,000 to £10,000 to reinforce doors with security shutters.’
    • ‘The painter exchanged a bemused look with his assistant, but agreed, quoted a price, and asked what subjects I would like him to paint.’
    • ‘However, I think that if the company advertises a service or somebody asks the price, they should be quoted the total price including any fixed fees.’
    • ‘However, at another travel agent's, discounts were unavailable and a price of £2,488 was quoted for the same holiday.’
    • ‘It adds a fifth to almost every bill we pay in Ireland - one of the highest rates in the EU - but we seldom notice unless we are first quoted a price minus VAT.’
    estimate, state, set, tender, bid, offer
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    1. 2.1quote someone/something at/as Name at (specified odds)
      ‘he is quoted as 9–2 favourite to score the first goal of the match’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bookmakers make Hardy Eustace favourite to complete a hat trick next year with Ladbrokes quoting him at 5-1 and Cashmans a point longer.’
      • ‘Another baffling call from our friends the bookmakers as they quoted Waterford at a very generous 6 / 4.’
      • ‘The last time a runner was quoted at 1/4 for a race in Leopardstown it was champion hurdle star Istabrak and he fell at the last hurdle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Following the win Ladbrokes quoted Nil Desperandum at 10-1 from 20-1 for the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.’
      • ‘A 25-1 shot when he beat Rooster Booster last year, Hardy Eustace is quoted at 3-1 this time and looks to have an outstanding chance of retaining his crown.’
      • ‘Until now Greece has never even won a game at a major soccer tournament and before the European Cup began the team was quoted at 150 to one to win the final.’
      • ‘Paddy Power Bookmakers are currently quoting Chris Doran at odds of 7/1 to win the Eurovision and Louis Walsh has predicted his song will make it to No.1.’
      • ‘Mr Cameron is the hottest favourite there has ever been to win a political election of any kind with William Hill quoting him at 1/66 to become the next Tory leader.’
      • ‘Sackville was made 5-1 joint favourite for the Gold Cup by Paddy Power, though William Hill quote him at 8-1 and the Tote 10-1.’
      • ‘In golf you have a 150 runner field in which many players are quoted at 100/1 but have the ability to win given a few lucky breaks and good course form.’
      • ‘Yesterday morning Hamilton was quoted at 50-1.’
      • ‘Paddy Power quote McCoy at 9-4 to ride no more than 289 winners, 5-1 to total 290-299 inclusive and 9-4 to score between 300 and 309.’
      • ‘Already Woods has been quoted at 5/2 for the title with Ernie Els and Vijay Singh the nearest challengers on 10/1 and 18/1 respectively.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is not even entered for the Gold Cup and will be aimed at the Royal & Sun Alliance Chase for which he is quoted at 2-1 by Ladbrokes and Coral.’
  • 3Stock Market
    Give (a company) a quotation or listing on a stock exchange.

    ‘a British conglomerate quoted on the London Stock Exchange’
    • ‘It is made up of the 100 largest companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange by value.’
    • ‘A large number of Japanese companies are currently quoted on the US Stock Exchange.’
    • ‘Companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange are required under stock market listing rules to provide timely information on news that might affect their share price.’
    • ‘If you are quoted on the stock exchange, anybody can buy your shares.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • 1A quotation from a text or speech.

    ‘a quote from Wordsworth’
    • ‘Verbatim quotes from the interviews are included in the profiles.’
    • ‘The original is unfortunately lost, but quotes from the text can be found in other books.’
    • ‘You can go into any of these great religious texts and pull out quotes randomly here and there to prove all kinds of things.’
    • ‘This can be seen clearly in the following quote about ‘speech styles’.’
    • ‘Last week I said I will give you a few quotes from old budget speeches.’
    • ‘That's odd, because there's compelling evidence that, at the very least, he fabricated quotes in the speech.’
    • ‘I will start my speech with a quote, which is arguably the most famous in New Zealand's educational history.’
    • ‘The sites that have been chosen are listed and described next to each work, with encapsulating quotes or pieces of text narrating central themes for the groups.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren are required to learn vast amounts of quotations by heart, and allusions and quotes are sprinkled throughout everyday speech.’
    • ‘After a thorough examination, the committee members concluded that, in fact, the quotes in the written text did not match the taped comments of the interviews and that the text was grossly distorted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is not responsible for the quote from that speech.’
    • ‘Its motto is a quote from Martin Luther King: ‘Our lives begin to end when we become silent about things that matter.’’
    • ‘Every week, or so, I will post memorable quotes from movies I like.’
    • ‘Words in quotation marks are verbatim quotes from the hearing; all others are paraphrase.’
    • ‘Although I have not read the actual documents, you have given a substantial overview with numerous quotes from the text - I have a good idea of the arguments made.’
    • ‘The quote from the acceptance speech, which was delivered shortly before his death, serves to emphasize the consistency of his life and his theory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The quote from his impromptu speech regarding space travel and its relation to human bone deterioration was hilarious.’
  • 2A quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service.

    ‘quotes from different insurance companies’
    • ‘I suggest individuals not covered by insurance ask for a quote before allowing their vehicle to be towed.’
    • ‘Compare quotes from different firms because costs can differ widely.’
    • ‘The group organised for two builders to come and assess the damaged hut shortly after the storm for an insurance quote, but work has still not started.’
    • ‘At least this time she obtained several quotes, but it still cost £32,000.’
    • ‘The site uses all the main insurance companies in the market, and claims to consistently offer the cheapest quote from its database.’
    • ‘By shopping around, you can compare quotes for scores of different plans.’
    • ‘Councillors were last night in closed session considering quotes from different firms for the general repair work.’
    • ‘The cost of simply getting a quote or estimate for its repair will likely amount to a fair percentage of the replacement cost.’
    • ‘At that time I received a quote for contents insurance (bearing in mind I live on the second floor) of approximately £11 a month.’
    • ‘He is 18 years old and we have had an insurance quote of £2,847 for a car that is worth £375.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that, in most cases, the pricing quoted by vendors will change based on your service-level requirements, so ask for quotes based on several service level scenarios.’
    • ‘Once you have an idea of the areas where you'd like concrete to be poured, contact service professionals to get quotes.’
    • ‘By using standard units of measurement on every project and by keeping close records of other material cost quotes, you may not even need to ask suppliers for prices.’
    • ‘He also advises residents to get two or three quotes from different firms.’
    • ‘I got a great insurance quote, which is really the last thing I have to provide before we close.’
    • ‘Then I called my trusty curbside mechanic, who comes to the house with all his tools and equipment in his truck and always provides me with reliable repair service for about a quarter of what the dealer quotes.’
    • ‘Direct comparisons with previous surveys, however, cannot be made as they obtain quotes for different profiles of drivers.’
    • ‘He is now awaiting an insurance quote to ascertain the cost of repairing damage to both the statue and its foundations.’
    • ‘Officials are understood to have approached three internet companies seeking quotes for the cost of setting up advertising software.’
    • ‘For products from suppliers with e-commerce capabilities, the site also allows users to solicit sample materials, request price quotes, and place purchase orders.’
    estimate, estimated price, price, quote, tender, bid, cost, charge, rate, figure
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    1. 2.1Stock Market 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’
      • ‘I don't particularly care whether a stock quote is 20 minutes late, but if I wanted current information I'd probably go to Bloomberg.’
      • ‘Then, Schwarz called her brokerage firm for a quote on the stock's price.’
      • ‘The site offers free real-time stock quotes to those who register.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The initial Web services provided access to information such as stock quotes, current prices, and sports scores.’
  • 3Stock Market
    A quotation or listing of a company on a stock exchange.

    • ‘So United are finding out that a stock market quote has a downside as well as an upside.’
    • ‘C &C, owners of Bulmers, is heading for stock market quote.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4quotesQuotation marks.

    ‘use double quotes around precise phrases you wish to search for’
    • ‘Most spreadsheets will automatically enclose text cells with quotes when exported in CSV format.’
    • ‘The movement of the networks into primetime with ‘news,’ and I put news in quotes, is a different kind of news.’
    • ‘Throughout the text, double quotes are used when citing literally.’
    • ‘I put this in quotes because that phrase was once used quite a bit in America.’

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’
      • ‘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.’

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).

Pronunciation

quote

/kwəʊt/