What does quote mean?

Definitions for quote

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word quote.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quotation mark, quote, inverted commanoun

    a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else

  2. quotation, quote, citationverb

    a passage or expression that is quoted or cited

  3. quote, citeverb

    repeat a passage from

    "He quoted the Bible to her"

  4. quoteverb

    name the price of

    "quote prices for cars"

  5. quote, citeverb

    refer to for illustration or proof

    "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"

  6. quoteverb

    put quote marks around

    "Here the author is quoting his colleague"


  1. quotenoun

    A quotation, statement attributed to someone else.

  2. quotenoun

    A quotation mark.

  3. quotenoun

    A summary of work to be done with a set price.

    After going over the hefty quotes, the board decided it was cheaper to have the project executed by its own staff

  4. quoteverb

    To refer to (part of) a speech that has been made by someone else.

  5. quoteverb

    To prepare a summary of work to be done and set a price.

  6. quoteverb

    To name the current price, notably of a financial security.

  7. quoteverb

    To indicate verbally or by equivalent means the start of a quotation.

  8. quoteverb

    To observe, to take account of.

  9. Etymology: Recorded since 1387 "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references", from coter, from Medieval Latin quotare "to distinguish by numbers, number chapters", itself from quotus "which, what number (in sequence)," from quot "how many" (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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To QUOTEverb

    To cite an authour or passage of an authour; to adduce by way of authority or illustration the words of another.

    Etymology: quoter, Fr.

    The second chapter to the Romans is here quoted only to paint the margent. John Whitgift.

    St. Paul quotes one of their poets for this saying. Edward Stillingfleet.

    He changed his mind, say the papers, and quote for it Melchior Adams and Hospinian. Francis Atterbury.

    He quoted texts right upon our Saviour, though he expounded them wrong. Francis Atterbury.

    He will, in the middle of a session, quote passages out of Plato and Pindar. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.


  1. Quote

    "Quote" is a clipped form of quotation or quotation mark.


  1. quote

    A quote is a direct repetition of written or spoken language from another source, usually verbatim and indicated by quotation marks. It can also refer to the estimated price or cost for a specific job, service or goods provided by a business.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quoteverb

    to cite, as a passage from some author; to name, repeat, or adduce, as a passage from an author or speaker, by way of authority or illustration; as, to quote a passage from Homer

  2. Quoteverb

    to cite a passage from; to name as the authority for a statement or an opinion; as, to quote Shakespeare

  3. Quoteverb

    to name the current price of

  4. Quoteverb

    to notice; to observe; to examine

  5. Quoteverb

    to set down, as in writing

  6. Quotenoun

    a note upon an author

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quote

    kwōt, v.t. to repeat the words of any one: to adduce for authority or illustration: to give the current price of: to enclose within quotation marks: (Shak.) to set down in writing.—v.i. to make a quotation.—adj. Quō′table, that may be quoted.—ns. Quō′tableness, Quōtabil′ity.—adv. Quō′tably.—ns. Quōtā′tion, act of quoting: that which is quoted: the current price of anything; Quōtā′tion-mark, one of the marks used to note the beginning and the end of a quotation—generally consisting of two inverted commas at the beginning, and two apostrophes at the end of a quotation; but a single comma and a single apostrophe are frequently used; Quō′ter. [O. Fr. quoter, to number—Low L. quotāre, to divide into chapters and verses—L. quotus, of what number?—quot, how many?]

Editors Contribution

  1. quote

    A technology system with the ability to input the type of work to be completed and the cost for that specific job and other specific and related functions.

    They did quote for the specific piece of work and were delighted to be able to complete it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

  2. Quote

    To provide a quote.

    They did provide a response to the unity government request for quotation using an accurate quote.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quote' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2796

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quote' in Verbs Frequency: #444

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quote in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of quote in a Sentence

  1. Penn State University:

    Weagree with the concerns expressed by the student,and the quote is being removed, we have also reached out directly to inform the student who raised the concern that this is the University’s decision.

  2. Joe Biden:

    ( Trump) said there were quote some' very fine people' on both sides, with those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.

  3. William Congreve:

    Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B. This quote is commonly misquoted as savage beast.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    The other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the quote woman card, well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    The amendment called upon the administration to, quote, 'certify that conditions have been met for the enduring defeat of Al Qaeda and ISIS before initiating any significant withdrawal of United States forces from Syria or Afghanistan,' can President Biden certify that right now?

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  • علامة اقتباس, استشهد, اقتباس, استشهاد, علامة تنصيص, سعرArabic
  • цитирамBulgarian
  • citacióCatalan, Valencian
  • citovat, kótovatCzech
  • Zitat, zitieren, Preisangebot machen, bemerken, berücksichtigen, anbietenGerman
  • παράθεμα, χωρίο, αναφέρω, παραθέτω, προσφορά, τιμή, επικαλούμαι, παράθεση, περικοπή, εισαγωγικό, εισαγωγικά, προσφέρω, μνημονεύωGreek
  • citi, citaĵo, citiloEsperanto
  • cotizar, cita, cotización, citarSpanish
  • osundama, osundusEstonian
  • lainaus, sitaatti, siteerata, tarjota, lainausmerkki, tarjous, lainataFinnish
  • deviser, coter, devis, citer, cotation, citationFrench
  • הצעת מחיר, לצטטHebrew
  • idézHungarian
  • citarIdo
  • vitna íIcelandic
  • 引用, 鉤括弧, 二重鉤括弧, 二重引用符, 「, 」, 『, 』Japanese
  • takitakiMāori
  • memetik kataMalay
  • hermetegn, anførselstegnNorwegian
  • aanhalingsteken, bestek, quoteren, citaat, prijsopgave, aanhalen, citerenDutch
  • hermeteiknNorwegian Nynorsk
  • sitat, sitereNorwegian
  • cytat, cudzysłów, wyceniać, cytowaćPolish
  • frase, citar, orçar, cotarPortuguese
  • цитата, кавычка, «, », ссылаться, котировка, давать расценку, кавычки, цитировать, предложение цены, назначенная цена, назначать ценуRussian
  • navod, citatSerbo-Croatian
  • citátSlovak
  • anbud, offert, citera, citat, citationstecken, offereraSwedish
  • కోట్Telugu
  • söz, vecize, alintiTurkish
  • 引用Chinese

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