Definitions for: Quote


[n] a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
[n] a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
[v] put quote marks around; "Here the author is quoting his colleague"
[v] repeat a passage from; "He quoted the Bible to her"
[v] refer to for illustration or proof; "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"
[v] name the price of; "quote prices for cars"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quote, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quoted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Quoting.] [OF. quoter, F. coter to letter, number, to
quote, LL. quotare to divide into chapters and verses, fr. L.
quotus. See Quota.] [Formerly written also cote.]
1. 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; as, to quote a passage from
Homer.

2. To cite a passage from; to name as the authority for a
statement or an opinion; as, to quote Shakespeare.

3. (Com.) To name the current price of.

4. To notice; to observe; to examine. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. To set down, as in writing. [Obs.] ``He's quoted for a
most perfidious slave.'' --Shak.

Syn: To cite; name; adduce; repeat.

Usage: Quote, Cite. To cite was originally to call into
court as a witness, etc., and hence denotes bringing
forward any thing or person as evidence. Quote usually
signifies to reproduce another's words; it is also
used to indicate an appeal to some one as an
authority, without adducing his exact words.


Quote, n.
A note upon an author. [Obs.] --Cotgrave.

Synonyms: citation, cite, inverted comma, quotation, quotation mark

See Also: advert, bring up, double quotes, epigraph, excerpt, extract, give, ingeminate, iterate, mark, mention, mimesis, misquotation, misquote, name, punctuate, punctuation, punctuation mark, refer, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell, scare quote, selection, single quote, underquote

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Famous Quotes Containing Quote:


Please don't quote me.

-- Mike Piazza (American Athlete)

In a prime-time address, President Bush said he backed limited federal funding for stem cell research. That's right, the President said, this is a quote, the research could help cure brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and whatever it is I have.

-- Conan O'Brien (American Entertainer)

I always love to quote Albert Einstein because nobody dares contradict him.

-- Studs Terkel (American Journalist)

My first quote was, I don't want to hurt God's people. Jim Bakker's quote was, I was set up by a female.

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)

I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.

-- Joe DiMaggio (American Athlete)

Some people stay in the academic world just to avoid becoming self-aware. You can quote me on that.

-- Michael McKean (American Actor)

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

-- W. Somerset Maugham (British Playwright)

You take the quote from Sam Jackson about how he'll never work with a rapper, and I can understand where he's coming from because he says rappers can't act.

-- Anthony Anderson (American Actor)

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.

-- Robert Benchley (American Comedian)

And this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill. And now they've gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots.

-- Eric Massa (American Politician)

Obama likes to quote great men but will never be a great man himself. I can't stand it when our leader goes around apologizing for who we are.

-- Joe Wurzelbacher ( -)

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.

-- Groucho Marx (American Comedian)

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.

-- Michel de Montaigne (French Philosopher)

A quote is just a tattoo on the tongue.

-- William F. DeVault (American Poet)

We have a country that wants to believe it is the best in everything, but until all of us embrace the idea that health care should be a right, not a privilege, our system cannot be glibly described as, quote, 'the best in the world.'

-- Tim Johnson (American Politician)

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about. We could quote things, talk about books we'd read; you can say something, you don't have to explain it.

-- Kevin Ayers (English Composer)

It's just a way of trying to get to a third thing that's not particular to any quote-unquote genre. It's been great for me; it's really opened me up and gotten me to use that part of my imagination. It's very scary in a lot of ways, and just as exciting.

-- Charlie Hunter (American Musician)

We need to have the social investments by which to quote unquote distribute some of that wealth.

-- Mike Lowry (American Politician)

Shakespeare was a dramatist of note who lived by writing things to quote.

-- H. C. Bunner (American Journalist)

What is the first thing we did when we took control of Iraq? Protect the oil fields. Remember the administration quote about how the oil would pay for the war.

-- Peter Schuyler (English Politician)

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.

-- John Selden (English Statesman)

What happens often - although I'm not particularly a victim of this sort of thing - is that somebody will make a quote, or invent a remark and it gets printed, ends up on the 'net and it becomes currency. And some of them are so bizarre!

-- Robert Palmer (British Musician)

There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if a quote giving advice comes from someone famous, very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice.

-- Bo Bennett (American Businessman)

California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.

-- Saul Bellow (American Novelist)

Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote.

-- Edward Young (English Poet)

There are a lot of editorials that have nothing to do with anything like that. But I was just thinking of that sense of prose as being very responsible and perceptive, thoughtful, intimate, and contriving a quote statement.

-- Robert Creeley (American Poet)

I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.

-- Cliff Fadiman (American Author)

I went to my son's graduation this weekend, and I heard a great quote I've never heard before from Albert Einstein. It was that the greatest danger to the world is not the bad people but it's the good people who don't speak out.

-- Hamilton Jordan (American Civil Servant)

It was a show where you were given a quote out of current events and you had to identify who said it. I was reading eight newspapers a day and had compiled a file of about 300 quotes. I really had to do my research. The White House press didn't have to bone up on any of it.

-- June Lockhart (American Actress)

The greatest men, you can quote for everything.

-- John Acton (English Historian)

I have never seen any such quote anyplace, anywhere.

-- Sean Hannity (American Writer)

Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.

-- Christian Nestell Bovee (American Author)

Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example.

-- Arthur Conan Doyle (British Writer)

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

-- Amos Bronson Alcott (American Educator)

No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture.

-- Learned Hand (American Judge)


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