Definition of quotation in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Patriotic speeches and publications during the period of the struggle for independence were often infused with Biblical motifs and quotations.’
    • ‘The objects, images, and quotations on display represent the experiences and judgements of people who lived under and rebelled against British rule as well as those who extended and enforced it.’
    • ‘Such accounts call for perusal in depth; so I'll end with a few short quotations that at least give the flavour of this delightful, and genuinely educative, book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though block quotations are always given in modem English as well as the original Tudor form, shorter quotations are only in the original.’
    • ‘There are many shorter poems and quotations from history books scattered throughout.’
    • ‘It is simply not possible to lift a convenient quotation from the text and expect it to illuminate a modern debate about rights theory without understanding the context in which Marx wrote.’
    • ‘Then, too, exact quotations from speeches sometimes look decidedly strange in print.’
    • ‘Walls covered with quotations and images of inspiration and persecution remind visitors why they have come.’
    • ‘Regrettably, its evident scholarship has been combined with a heavy academic style, and the number of quotations from other authors becomes something of a distraction.’
    • ‘Most of her wall decorations are paintings and drawings she's done herself, often with quotations from authors or inspirational thoughts.’
    • ‘The author uses extensive quotations from memoirs and minutes so that the reader can see the decision-making process in the raw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It illustrated the use of words with appropriate quotations.’
    • ‘This is a beautifully laid out book, with the prose interspersed with short poems, quotations, poignant photographs, and practical checklists.’
    • ‘Each of the 10 chapters begins with a series of short quotations.’
    • ‘Out of context, a quotation from any text is meaningless.’
    • ‘However, by getting both the quotation and its author wrong, he merely exposed his own lack of education.’
    • ‘The text is broken up by just four illustrations, one musical example and surprisingly few quotations.’
    • ‘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.’
    citation, quote, reference, mention, allusion, excerpt, extract, selection, passage, line, cutting, clip, clipping, snippet, reading, section, piece, part, fragment, portion, paragraph, verse, stanza, canto, sentence, phrase
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    1. 1.1 A short musical passage or visual image taken from one piece of music or work of art and used in another.
      • ‘There is another rich, full life being lived by him that has nothing to do with dark screening rooms and old movie marathons, homages, or visual quotations.’
      • ‘His music abounds in hidden quotations and secret subtexts.’
      • ‘In what ways are devotional images quotations?’
      • ‘At length, the soloist and the orchestra meet on the same spiritual plane, a process aided by the quotation of the plainsong Adoro te devote.’
      • ‘It crams in numerological and musical symbolism, and includes quotations from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony.’
      • ‘The piece abounds in quotations from Balanchine's leotard ballets, as the master's abstract works are called because of their stark costuming.’
      • ‘There is a dialogue of sorts between many of the works, in the form of visual quotations, influences or direct connections between works of art - artistic thoughts that are like links in a chain.’
      • ‘Why is much contemporary Western tonal music so droneful, so full of ancient quotations or allusions?’
      • ‘One also hears quotations of the chorale ‘Aus tiefer Not,’ perhaps a tip of the hat to Bach.’
      • ‘Although there are no musical quotations, the description and analysis of some of the works given are enough.’
      • ‘They are visual quotations taken from the wooden posts depicting stories of the Old and New Testament that line the front and sides of the church, respectively.’
      • ‘I noticed, however, for the first time that Vaughan Williams provides a partial quotation of the Dies Ire.’
      • ‘The score contains a quotation from Busoni's Sonatina Seconda.’
    2. 1.2 The action of quoting from a text, speech, piece of music, or work of art.
      ‘a great argument with much quotation of Darwin’
      • ‘He provides copious quotation from the novels/autobiographies and the filmscripts and football reports, as well as from surviving acquaintances of the author.’
      • ‘Ted Hughes's reply, which opens by describing our dispute as a ‘corrosive misunderstanding’, is worth extensive quotation.’
      • ‘There's a solemnly ungrammatical but sincere and oddly moving description of Baji Rout's role in the freedom movement that bears quotation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My one criticism would be that it seems overly reliant on lots of quotation from news pieces.’
      • ‘Because of that, it isn't actually amenable to quotation.’
  • 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’
    • ‘When the existing policy expired in March the villagers were told it would not be renewed and were offered a quotation by another company of £1,000.’
    • ‘Ask the funeral director for a written quotation detailing all of these fees.’
    • ‘When choosing a garage for repairs, David advises that you select a familiar and reputable company, and wherever possible get a firm quotation or written estimate for repairs.’
    • ‘The supplier then faxes back a quotation for the total cost of the materials in the quantities desired delivered to the actual job site.’
    • ‘Seek a detailed quotation in writing and try to use a firm with recommendations for reliability and good workmanship - a trade association might get help.’
    • ‘The aim of this study is to assess the risks of the project, so that a formal quotation can be made.’
    • ‘Additionally, always pin them down to a proper quotation for their service.’
    • ‘Insurance companies can no longer refuse quotations because of a person's age alone.’
    • ‘Removal costs vary widely and quotations depend on the volume of belongings to be moved.’
    • ‘Once we have this information we will prepare a quotation with the aim of trying to ensure your aims and expectations are exceeded whilst remaining within your budget.’
    • ‘The spokeswoman also suggested that online users call a customer service land line if they are not happy with the onscreen quotations they are receiving.’
    • ‘With only £5,000 for repairs they struggled to meet the builders' quotation of £30,000 to transform two farmhouses into holiday cottages.’
    • ‘One should obtain quotations from all the insurers to be able to compare costs and benefits.’
    • ‘Many insurers will not provide motor insurance quotations for certain careers.’
    • ‘The balustrade has been inspected by the appropriate council departments and an approved contractor who will now provide a quotation and method statement for the reinstatement of the works.’
    • ‘Cost accountants would be involved in helping to establish price quotations based upon the subcontractor's actual cost experience.’
    • ‘The client usually receives a quotation with projections when buying a policy.’
    • ‘The solicitor should make clear at the outset if an estimate, quotation or other indication of cost is not intended to be fixed.’
    estimate, estimated price, price, quote, tender, bid, cost, charge, rate, figure
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    1. 2.1Stock Market A price offered by a broker for the sale or purchase of a stock or other security.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you come across a broker offering to secure quotations on your behalf you will need to consider the following.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3Stock Market
    A registration granted to a company enabling their shares to be officially listed and traded.

    • ‘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).