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Definition of quote verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quote
    he / she / it quotes
    past simple quoted
    -ing form quoting
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    repeat exact words
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to repeat the exact words that another person has said or written quote something (from somebody/something) He quoted a passage from the minister's speech. to quote Shakespeare Quote this reference number in all correspondence. The figures quoted in this article refer only to the United States. quote (somebody) (as doing something) The President was quoted in the press as saying that he disagreed with the decision. “It will all be gone tomorrow.” “Can I quote you on that? Don't quote me on this (= this is not an official statement), but I think he is going to resign. She said, and I quote, “Life is meaningless without love.” + speech “New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world ,” he quoted. see also misquote
  2. give example
  3. 2[transitive] quote (somebody) something to mention an example of something to support what you are saying Can you quote me an instance of when this happened? Thesaurusmentionrefer to somebody/something speak of/about somebody/something cite quoteThese words all mean to write or speak about someone or something, often in order to give an example or prove something.mention to write or speak about someone or something, especially without giving much information:Nobody mentioned anything to me about the party.refer to somebody/something (somewhat formal) to mention or speak about someone or something:I promised not to refer to the matter again.speak of/about somebody/something to mention or describe someone or something:Witnesses spoke of a great ball of flame.cite (formal) to mention something as a reason or an example, or in order to support what you are saying:She cited her heavy workload as the reason for her breakdown.quote to mention an example of something to support what you are saying:Can you quote me an instance of this happening?cite or quote?You can cite reasons or examples, but you can only quote examples:She quoted her heavy workload as the reason for her breakdown.Cite is a more formal word than quote and is often used in more formal situations, for example in descriptions of legal cases.Patterns to mention/refer to/speak of/cite/quote somebody/something as somebody/something to mention/refer to/cite/quote a(n) example/instance/case of something frequently/often mentioned/referred to/spoken of/cited/quoted the example mentioned/referred to/cited/quoted above/earlier/previously
  4. give price
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] quote (somebody) (something) (for something/for doing something) to tell a customer how much money you will charge them for a job, service, or product They quoted us $300 for installing a shower unit.
  6. 4[transitive] quote something (at something) (finance) to give a market price for shares, gold, or foreign money Yesterday the euro was quoted at $1.42775, unchanged from Monday.
  7. 5[transitive] quote something (finance) to give the prices for a business company's shares on a stock exchange Several cosmetic companies are quoted on the New York Stock Exchange.
  8. Idioms
    quote (… unquote) (informal)
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    used to show the beginning (and end) of a word, phrase, etc. that has been said or written by someone else It was quote, “the hardest decision of my life,” unquote, and one that he lived to regret.
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