quote

If a journalist is interviewing you and you blurt out something inappropriate, you will have to ask her not to quote you on that. Sometimes the word quote is used as shorthand for quotation, a passage of speech or writing that’s repeated word for word.

As a verb, to quote means to repeat someone’s words, attributing them to their originator. If you’re giving a speech on personal organization, you might want to quote Ben Franklin in it — he’s the master. When you write out a quote, you put the other person’s words in quotation marks (“Aha!”). Sometimes a price estimate is called a quote, like when a mechanic looks at your engine and gives you a quote for the cost of repair.

Primary Meanings of quote

1.
vn
repeat a passage from
a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
2.
v
name the price of
Full Definitions of quote
1

v repeat a passage from

“He quoted the Bible to her”
Synonyms:
cite
cite
refer to for illustration or proof
Types:
misquote
quote incorrectly
Type of:
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
to say, state, or perform again

v refer to for illustration or proof

“He said he could quote several instances of this behavior”
Synonyms:
cite
cite
repeat a passage from
Type of:
advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to

v put quote marks around

“Here the author is quoting his colleague”
Type of:
mark, punctuate
insert punctuation marks into

n a passage or expression that is quoted or cited

Synonyms:
citation, quotation
Types:
epigraph
a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
mimesis
the representation of another person's words in a speech
misquotation, misquote
an incorrect quotation
Type of:
excerpt, excerption, extract, selection
a passage selected from a larger work

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

Synonyms:
inverted comma, quotation mark
Types:
single quote
a single quotation mark
double quotes
a pair of quotation marks
scare quote
the use of quotation marks to indicate that it is not the authors preferred terminology
Type of:
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
2

v name the price of

quote prices for cars”
Types:
underquote
quote a price lower than that quoted by (another seller)
Type of:
give
convey or reveal information

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