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.

Definitions of quote
  1. verb
    repeat a passage from
    “He quoted the Bible to her”
    synonyms: cite
    cite
    refer to for illustration or proof
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    types:
    misquote
    quote incorrectly
    type of:
    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
    to say, state, or perform again
  2. verb
    refer to for illustration or proof
    “He said he could quote several instances of this behavior”
    synonyms: cite
    cite
    repeat a passage from
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    type of:
    advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
    make reference to
  3. verb
    put quote marks around
    “Here the author is quoting his colleague”
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    type of:
    mark, punctuate
    insert punctuation marks into
  4. noun
    a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
    synonyms: citation, quotation
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    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
  5. noun
    a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
    synonyms: inverted comma, quotation mark
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    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
  6. verb
    name the price of
    quote prices for cars”
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    types:
    underquote
    quote a price lower than that quoted by (another seller)
    type of:
    give
    convey or reveal information
Commonly confused words

quote / quotation

If you quote someone, do you create a quote or a quotation? To quote is to transcribe what someone said or wrote, crediting that person.

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