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

quote

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).
6

(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.'
7

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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