- Quote is defined as to reproduce or repeat something written or spoken by someone else.
An example of quote is a student reciting Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech at an MLK Day festival.
transitive verbquoted, quoting
- 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.
(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 â€œto mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal referencesâ€, from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare (â€œto distinguish by numbers, number chaptersâ€), itself from Latin quotus (â€œwhich, what number (in sequence)â€), from quot (â€œhow manyâ€) and related to quis (â€œwhoâ€). The sense developed via â€œto give as a reference, to cite as an authorityâ€ to â€œto copy out exact wordsâ€ (since 1680); the business sense â€œto state the price of a commodityâ€ (1866) revives the etymological meaning. The noun, in the sense of â€œquotation,â€ 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.