- A single quotation mark, ('). This is often used for a quote within a quote, as in "Tom said 'What?'"
- A punctuation mark to indicate that the text is a semi-quote, i.e. a close paraphrase that uses some of the author's original words.
- A phrase that is a close paraphrase that uses some of the authors original words. For instance: "A fanatic is someone who will not change his mind or the subject of discussion," according to Winston Churchill.
(third-person singular simple present semi-quotes, present participle semi-quoting, simple past and past participle semi-quoted)
- To make a close paraphrase of a quotation, using some of its words.
- To modify a quote, adapting it to different circumstances but preserving the intent. "To semi-quote Shakespeare …"