Definition of quote in English:



  • 1Repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker.

    ‘he quoted a passage from the Psalms’
    [with direct speech] ‘“The stream mysterious glides beneath,” Melinda quoted’
    [no object] ‘when we told her this she said, and I quote, “Phooey!”’
    • ‘He quoted Paul Harris' words, ‘This is a changing world, and we must be prepared to change with it.’’
    • ‘I will selectively quote what I find interesting; you can find the entire speech here.’
    • ‘The judge then considered and quoted at length from the cross-examination of Mr Kirkland.’
    • ‘One writer has noted 193 Scripture texts quoted by Patrick; 118 of these from the New Testament.’
    • ‘For proof look no further than last week's UK Press Gazette, which quoted Lord Wakeham's speech at the Bank of Scotland awards.’
    • ‘We wrote to him and quoted his letter to our reader (claiming no one had challenged the alleged rampant anti-Semitism).’
    • ‘Their faulty statements were unfortunately also quoted by the media and certain officials outside the mining sector.’
    • ‘People are being milked for every last dime and scriptures are quoted out of context.’
    • ‘The reporter extensively quotes a report that was " generated " by a former Australian Recording Industry Association lawyer.’
    • ‘Spring makes a virtue of necessity, quoting from her letters and conversations extensively.’
    • ‘The document was always referred to as quoting the thoughts of ‘a fifth century Chinese warlord’.’
    • ‘I think it's good when the Senator speaks of God and quotes Old Testament Scripture.’
    • ‘In this paper, we quote extensively from the interviews.’
    • ‘He then set out his conclusions which I quoted earlier in this judgment.’
    • ‘The deputy judge quoted extensively from the speeches of Lord Nicholls and Lord Hoffmann.’
    • ‘And he worries that reporters might selectively quote from documents or other material they find electronically.’
    • ‘On page 36, Bill Kauffman quotes Ray Bradbury's line that ‘No person ever died that had a family.’’
    • ‘I will also quote again from the same article, which I think is very good.’
    • ‘He quoted directly the relevant paragraph of the federal code, which outlaws paying persons to register or to vote.’
    • ‘The two lines from a poem quoted on the fourth page should have been credited to Dylan Thomas.’
    recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot
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    1. 1.1Repeat a passage from (a work or author) or statement by (someone)
      ‘the prime minister was quoted as saying that he would resist all attempts to “sabotage” his government’
      ‘he quoted Shakespeare, Goethe, and other poets’
      • ‘The magazine quotes a plaintiff's lawyer: ‘We'll find out in about 2015.’’
      • ‘I was not taking notes while McCain spoke, so I couldn't quote him verbatim, and did not purport to.’
      • ‘One young entrant, quoting his father, wrote that his house was ‘built by cowboys’!’
      • ‘‘I had not the slightest emotional reaction,’ she's quoted as saying.’
      • ‘If an article is written about your business or if you are quoted in an article, find ways for more people to read it.’
      • ‘One of the things he does when he's writing home is to quote Jane Austen a good deal to his sisters.’
      • ‘I am not actually quoting him word for word, you know.’
      • ‘He was once quoted as saying: ‘… that's what I'm proud of being, one of the best shopkeepers on the planet.’’
      • ‘One widespread method to spice up a report is quoting unspecified diplomatic sources.’
      • ‘‘It took us a lifetime to build our houses,’ one former resident was quoted as saying in a Reuters report.’
      • ‘Witnesses are quoted as saying the troops fired on residents from tank-mounted machine guns.’
      • ‘Rani, she said, liked to quote William Shakespeare in her notebook, and wrote her own thoughts in it as well.’
      • ‘Diplomats quoted by the agency argued such a move would push Bulgaria's hand on the matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An unnamed Administration official is quoted as saying, ‘No one thinks the press conference was successful.’’
      • ‘The statement also quoted former manager Judith Maycock, who has not worked at the pub for more than a year-and-a-half.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘One will just have to assume that the reporter quoted the petite entertainer verbatim.’
      • ‘The Daily Telegraph in London quoted one former Defence Ministry official as terming the episode a "cock-up".’
      • ‘He is also quoted as saying: ‘I don't think it's possible to stifle your opinions.’’
      • ‘And that's not just because Rob autographed my free copy and quoted me on pages 133 and 202!’
      • ‘But he admits that it's favoured by people who, and I quote him word for word, ‘neither speak English nor Spanish properly’.’
    2. 1.2Mention or refer to (someone or something) to provide evidence or authority for a statement, argument, or opinion.
      ‘they won't be here at all in three years time—you can quote me on that’
      • ‘So it does have something to do with rejecting modern culture as being empty and shallow, you can quote me on that.’
      • ‘Well, the article in the accountants' newsletter referred to above quotes an example.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘None of the books quotes any sources or authorities for its statements, and all have pathetic indexes.’
      • ‘Some readers may have been perturbed by the figures quoted in that article.’
      • ‘Fruit pastes are also made in the New World; for example, Fannie Farmer quotes peach leather as a speciality of Charleston in S. Carolina.’
      • ‘However, all the contemporary examples she quotes show folk beliefs as an active element of people's lives, not as unchanging fossilised remnants.’
      • ‘New Zealand attendees should quote authority code #DOM3674 / 0.’
      • ‘Supporting this statement the authors quote a report of five patients published in 1983 by Miller and coworkers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, the remarks were only quoted as an example.’
      • ‘‘I think it's abysmal, and you can quote me on that,’ Roberts said.’
      • ‘But all I was doing was quoting the Government Actuary Service's official projection based on immigration of 195,000 a year.’
      • ‘Your percentages quoted on page 40 make no sense.’
      • ‘In her memorandum opinion, Judge Kessler quoted a declaration by Julia Tarver, the counsel for three of the petitioners.’
      • ‘Payment must be made to the cashier at the above address, quoting our reference.’
      • ‘Cheques should be made payable to ONS (please quote the reference number above with all correspondence).’
      • ‘Figures are often quoted to buttress preconceived and personal agendas.’
      • ‘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!’
      cite, mention, refer to, make reference to, give, name, instance, specify, identify
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    3. 1.3Put 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] ‘the agent quoted a fare of $180’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘One is quoting the price for such a plan as ‘from’ £126 a year.’
    • ‘The painter exchanged a bemused look with his assistant, but agreed, quoted a price, and asked what subjects I would like him to paint.’
    • ‘Most foreign exchange dealers would simply be quoting prices for a customer.’
    • ‘When property agents quote prices in sterling, allow for fluctuations between sterling and the Irish punt.’
    • ‘The agent is quoting a guide price of €2.5 million.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, at another travel agent's, discounts were unavailable and a price of £2,488 was quoted for the same holiday.’
    • ‘She was soon persuaded to have more carpets than she wanted and they brought in some rolls before quoting a price for the work.’
    • ‘The playgroup has been quoted a price of £8,000 to £10,000 to reinforce doors with security shutters.’
    • ‘They were quoted a price that was £90 more than the same holiday in the standard brochure covering the same six-month period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have to realize that when they quote you thousands of dollars for some small items, it really isn't much.’
    • ‘Be warned, two prices are quoted depending on whether you intend to eat in or take away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, I had no idea how much the journey should cost, so assumed I was being quoted an inflated price.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    estimate, state, set, tender, bid, offer
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    1. 2.1Stock Market Give (a company) a quotation or listing on a stock exchange.
      ‘an organization that is quoted on the 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A large number of Japanese companies are currently quoted on the US Stock Exchange.’
      • ‘If you are quoted on the stock exchange, anybody can buy your shares.’
      • ‘It is made up of the 100 largest companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange by value.’


  • 1A quotation from a text or speech.

    ‘a quote from Wordsworth’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Words in quotation marks are verbatim quotes from the hearing; all others are paraphrase.’
    • ‘The sad thing is that the quotes and slogans are not only dated - but they're stupid.’
    • ‘Its motto is a quote from Martin Luther King: ‘Our lives begin to end when we become silent about things that matter.’’
    • ‘I will start my speech with a quote, which is arguably the most famous in New Zealand's educational history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every week, or so, I will post memorable quotes from movies I like.’
    • ‘Their quotes and epigrams take up a sometimes shocking amount of space in columns and essays.’
    • ‘She is not responsible for the quote from that speech.’
    • ‘The quote from his impromptu speech regarding space travel and its relation to human bone deterioration was hilarious.’
    • ‘You can go into any of these great religious texts and pull out quotes randomly here and there to prove all kinds of things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's odd, because there's compelling evidence that, at the very least, he fabricated quotes in the speech.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Verbatim quotes from the interviews are included in the profiles.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren are required to learn vast amounts of quotations by heart, and allusions and quotes are sprinkled throughout everyday speech.’
    • ‘The original is unfortunately lost, but quotes from the text can be found in other books.’
    • ‘The quote from the acceptance speech, which was delivered shortly before his death, serves to emphasize the consistency of his life and his theory.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service.

    ‘quotes from different insurance companies’
    • ‘The site uses all the main insurance companies in the market, and claims to consistently offer the cheapest quote from its database.’
    • ‘Once you have an idea of the areas where you'd like concrete to be poured, contact service professionals to get quotes.’
    • ‘By shopping around, you can compare quotes for scores of different plans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Compare quotes from different firms because costs can differ widely.’
    • ‘At that time I received a quote for contents insurance (bearing in mind I live on the second floor) of approximately £11 a month.’
    • ‘Councillors were last night in closed session considering quotes from different firms for the general repair work.’
    • ‘I suggest individuals not covered by insurance ask for a quote before allowing their vehicle to be towed.’
    • ‘I got a great insurance quote, which is really the last thing I have to provide before we close.’
    • ‘He also advises residents to get two or three quotes from different firms.’
    • ‘At least this time she obtained several quotes, but it still cost £32,000.’
    • ‘He is now awaiting an insurance quote to ascertain the cost of repairing damage to both the statue and its foundations.’
    • ‘For products from suppliers with e-commerce capabilities, the site also allows users to solicit sample materials, request price quotes, and place purchase orders.’
    • ‘Direct comparisons with previous surveys, however, cannot be made as they obtain quotes for different profiles of drivers.’
    • ‘He is 18 years old and we have had an insurance quote of £2,847 for a car that is worth £375.’
    • ‘Officials are understood to have approached three internet companies seeking quotes for the cost of setting up advertising software.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cost of simply getting a quote or estimate for its repair will likely amount to a fair percentage of the replacement cost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The initial Web services provided access to information such as stock quotes, current prices, and sports scores.’
    2. 2.2Stock 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.’
      • ‘Other Irish companies with stock market quotes in the US have also suffered heavy downgrades by the market.’
      • ‘This plan has involved disposing of non-core assets and seeking separate stock market quotes for businesses that can be ring-fenced.’
      • ‘C &C, owners of Bulmers, is heading for stock market quote.’
  • 3Quotation marks.

    ‘use double quotes around precise phrases you wish to search for’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most spreadsheets will automatically enclose text cells with quotes when exported in CSV format.’


  • quote —— unquote (also quote, unquote)

    • informal Used parenthetically when speaking to suggest quotation marks, to indicate the beginning and end of a statement or passage that one is reciting or repeating.

      ‘the brochure describes the view as, quote, unquote, unforgettably breathtaking’
      ‘the second sentence says, quote, There has never been a better time to invest in the commodities market, unquote’
      • ‘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.’


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).