Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To repeat or copy the words of (another), usually with acknowledgment of the source.
  • transitive v. To cite or refer to for illustration or proof.
  • transitive v. To repeat a brief passage or excerpt from: The saxophonist quoted a Duke Ellington melody in his solo.
  • transitive v. To state (a price) for securities, goods, or services.
  • intransitive v. To give a quotation, as from a book.
  • n. Informal A quotation.
  • n. A quotation mark.
  • n. Used by a speaker to indicate the beginning of a quotation.
  • n. A dictum; a saying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To refer to (part of) a speech that has been made by someone else.
  • v. To prepare a summary of work to be done and set a price.
  • v. (transitive) To name the current price, notably of a financial security.
  • v. To indicate verbally or by equivalent means the start of a quotation.
  • v. To observe, to take account of.
  • n. A quotation, statement attributed to someone else.
  • n. A quotation mark.
  • n. A summary of work to be done with a set price.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A note upon an author.
  • transitive v. To cite, as a passage from some author; to name, repeat, or adduce, as a passage from an author or speaker, by way of authority or illustration.
  • transitive v. To cite a passage from; to name as the authority for a statement or an opinion.
  • transitive v. To name the current price of.
  • transitive v. To notice; to observe; to examine.
  • transitive v. To set down, as in writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To note down; set down in writing; hence, in general, to note; mark; observe.
  • To adduce from some author or speaker; cite, as a passage from some author or a saying of some speaker; name, repeat, or adduce as the utterance of some other person, or by way of authority or illustration; also, to cite the words of: as, to quote a passage from Homer; to quote Shakspere or one of his plays; to quote chapter and verse.
  • In writing or printing, to inclose within quotation-marks; distinguish as a quotation or as quoted matter by marking: as, the dialogue in old books is not quoted.
  • In com., to name, as the price of stocks, produce, etc.; name the current price of.
  • To cite the words of another; make a quotation.
  • n. A note upon an author.
  • n. A quotation, or the marking of a quotation.
  • n. A quotation-mark: usually in the plural.
  • n. A quotient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
  • n. a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
  • v. name the price of
  • v. repeat a passage from
  • v. refer to for illustration or proof
  • v. put quote marks around

Etymologies

Middle English coten, to mark a book with numbers or marginal references, from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotāre, to number chapters, from Latin quotus, of what number, from quot, how many; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1387 "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references", from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare "to distinguish by numbers, number chapters", itself from Latin quotus "which, what number (in sequence)," from quot "how many" (related to quis "who"). The sense developed via "to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" to "to copy out exact words" (since 1680); the business sense "to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. The noun, in the sense of "quotation," is attested from 1885; see also usage note, below. (Wiktionary)

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