Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: quotare, from Latin quot 'how many'


1 verb
quote1 S2 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive]ALTCN to repeat exactly what someone else has said or written
quote from
She quoted from a newspaper article.
He quoted a short passage from the Bible.
A military spokesman was quoted as saying that the border area is now safe.
quote somebody on something
Can I quote you on that?
2 [transitive] to give a piece of information that is written down somewhere:
You can order by phoning our hotline and quoting your credit card number.
He quoted a figure of 220 deaths each year from accidents in the home.
3 [transitive] to give something as an example to support what you are saying [= cite]:
Mr Jackson quoted the case of an elderly man who had been evicted from his home.
quote something as something
He quoted the example of France as a country with a good rail service.
The nurses' union was quoted as an example of a responsible trade union.
4 [transitive]TBB to tell a customer the price you will charge them for a service or product:
They quoted a price of £15,000.
quote something for something
The firm originally quoted £6,000 for the whole job.
5 [transitive] to give the price of a share or currency:
The pound was quoted this morning at just under $1.46.
The company is now quoted on the stock exchange (=people can buy and sell shares in it).

(I) quote

spokenP used when you are going to repeat what someone else has said, to emphasize that it is exactly the way they said it:
The minister said, quote: 'There will be no more tax increases this year.'

Quote ... unquote

spoken used at the beginning and end of a word or phrase that someone else has said or written, to emphasize that you are repeating it exactly

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