Definition of quotation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwəʊˈteɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwoʊˈteɪʃn//
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  1. 1(rather formal) (rather informal quote) [countable] a group of words or a short piece of writing taken from a book, play, speech, etc. and repeated because it is interesting or useful The book began with a quotation from Goethe. a dictionary of quotations Two short quotations will illustrate my point. see also misquotation
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of repeating something interesting or useful that another person has written or said The writer illustrates his point by quotation from a number of sources.
  3. 3[countable] (rather formal) (rather informal quote) a statement of how much money a particular piece of work will cost synonym estimate You need to get a written quotation before they start work. We’ll give you a free quotation for replacing your windows.
  4. 4[countable] (finance) a statement of the current value of goods or shares the latest quotations from the Stock Exchange
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a marginal reference to a passage of text): from medieval Latin quotatio(n-), from the verb quotare, from quot ‘how many’, or from medieval Latin quota.Extra examples If you take text from other sources, place it in quotation marks. It’s a quotation from a poem by Keats. Most builders will give you a free quotation. My quotation is taken from ‘Hamlet’. Where does that quotation come from? a direct quotation from a recent speech by the president Call today for a free quotation. It was the first football club to have a full stock market quotation. You might find out if you look in a dictionary of quotations. You should always get a written quotation from builders before they start work. a quote/​quotation from Shakespeare
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