Definition of quote verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwəʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwoʊt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quote
    BrE BrE//kwəʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwoʊt//
    he / she / it quotes
    BrE BrE//kwəʊts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwoʊts//
    past simple quoted
    BrE BrE//ˈkwəʊtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwoʊtɪd//
    past participle quoted
    BrE BrE//ˈkwəʊtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwoʊtɪd//
    -ing form quoting
    BrE BrE//ˈkwəʊtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwoʊtɪŋ//
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  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 Britain. 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 ‘The man who is tired of London is tired of life,’ 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? Synonymsmentionrefer to somebody/​something speak cite quoteThese words all mean to write or speak about somebody/​something, often in order to give an example or prove something.mention to write or speak about something/​somebody, especially without giving much information:Nobody mentioned anything to me about it.refer to somebody/​something (rather formal) to mention or speak about somebody/​something:I promised not to refer to the matter again. speak to mention or describe somebody/​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:He cited his heavy workload as the reason for his breakdown.quote to mention an example of something to support what you are saying:Can you quote me an instance of when this happened?cite or quote? You can cite reasons or examples, but you can only quote examples:He quoted his heavy workload as the reason for his 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 pound was quoted at $1.8285, unchanged from Monday. See related entries: Economy
  7. 5[transitive] quote something (finance) to give the prices for a business company’s shares on a stock exchange Several football clubs are now quoted on the Stock Exchange. See related entries: Economy
  8. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin quotare, from quot ‘how many’, or from medieval Latin quota. The original sense was ‘mark a book with numbers, or with marginal references’, later ‘give a reference by page or chapter’, hence ‘cite a text or person’ (late 16th cent.).Extra examples Don’t quote me on this but I think the figure is in excess of £2 billion. He quoted from Shakespeare. She is wrongly quoted as saying ‘Play it again, Sam.’ She quotes extensively from the author’s diaries. The new text of Article 92, quoted above, gives member states more discretion on this issue. The passage is quoted in full. They quoted from the Bible. an example that is often quoted as evidence of mismanagement publicly quoted companies quoting from Shakespeare/‘Hamlet’ the most widely quoted and influential study in this field ‘All’s fair in love and war,’ he quoted. ‘It will all be gone tomorrow.’ ‘Can I quote you on that?’ Don’t quote me on this , but I think she is going to resign. He quoted a passage from the prime minister’s speech. He quoted one case in which a person had died in a fire. They said they were quoting from a recent report.Idioms (informal) used to show the beginning (and end) of a word, phrase, etc. that has been said or written by somebody else It was quote, ‘the hardest decision of my life’, unquote, and one that he lived to regret.
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