(third-person singular simple present quotes, present participle quoting, simple past and past participle quoted)
- To repeat someone's exact words.
- To prepare a summary of work to be done and set a price.
- (Commerce) To name the current price, notably of a financial security.
- (intransitive) To indicate verbally or by equivalent means the start of a quotation.
- (archaic) To observe, to take account of.
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.