An example of quote is a student reciting Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech at an MLK Day festival.
transitive verbquot′ed, quot′ing
- to reproduce or repeat a passage from or statement of: to quote Chaucer
- to reproduce or repeat (a passage from a book, a statement, etc.)
- to refer to as authority or an example; cite
- Commerce to state (a price) or state the price of (something)
- Printing to enclose in quotation marks
Origin of quotealtered (infl. by L) from Middle English coten from Medieval Latin quotare, to mark the number of, divide into chapters from Classical Latin quotus, of what number from Indo-European an unverified form kwoti-, how many from interrogative base an unverified form kwo- from source who
- quotation mark
verbquot·ed, quot·ing, quotes
- a. To repeat or copy (words from a source such as a book), usually with acknowledgment of the source: quoted lines from Shakespeare in his lecture.b. To repeat or copy the words of (a person or a book or other source): likes to quote Shakespeare when giving advice.c. To cite or refer to for illustration or proof: quoted statistics to show she was right.
- To repeat a brief passage or excerpt from: The saxophonist quoted a Duke Ellington melody in his solo.
- To state (a price) for securities, goods, or services.
- A quotation.
- A quotation mark.
- Used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a direct quotation: “He paused and said, quote, I don't care, unquote.”
- A dictum; a saying.
Origin of quoteMiddle English coten to mark a book with numbers or marginal references from Old French coter from Medieval Latin quotāre to number chapters from Latin quotus of what number from quot how many ; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: People have been using the noun quote as a truncation of quotation for over one hundred years, and its use in less formal contexts is widespread today. Language critics have objected to this usage, however, as unduly journalistic or breezy, but the word appears to have gained acceptance. In our 2009 survey, 80 percent of the Usage Panel accepted the example He began the chapter with a quote from the Bible. The same percentage accepted He lightened up his talk by throwing in quotes from Marx Brothers movies. These results represent a much higher level of acceptance than in previous surveys. • People sometimes use quote as a synonym for “a dictum; a saying,” as in His career is just one more validation of Andy Warhol's quote that “In the future, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes.” A majority of the Panel (albeit a smaller one) accepts this usage, too. In 2009, 60 percent accepted the Andy Warhol example. This is a dramatic increase over the mere 24 percent that accepted the same sentence in 1988.
(third-person singular simple present quotes, present participle quoting, simple past and past participle quoted)
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Until the late 19th century, quote was exclusively used as a verb. Since then, it has been used as a shortened form of either quotation or quotation mark; see etymology, above. This use as a noun is well-understood and widely used, although it is often rejected in formal and academic contexts.
Recorded since 1387 “to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references", from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare (“to distinguish by numbers, number chapters"), itself from Latin quotus (“which, what number (in sequence)"), from quot (“how many") and related to quis (“who"). The sense developed via “to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" to “to copy out exact words" (since 1680); the business sense “to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. The noun, in the sense of “quotation," is attested from 1885; see also usage note, below.
quote - Investment & Finance Definition
A firm offer to buy or sell a certain security at a specific time. Quotes are given for the price at which the market maker is willing to buy or sell the security. The quote may be given in the form “$45 to $45.10,” which means that the best bid price is $45 (the highest price that buyer is willing to pay is $45) while the best offer price (the lowest price that a seller will sell for) is $45.10.