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verb quote pronunciation in British English /kwəʊt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlequoting
past tensequoted
past participlequoted

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to say or write words that someone else has said or written

    Can I quote you on that (=repeat exactly what you have said about something)?

    quote from:

    She claimed to be quoting from an official report.

    quote someone as saying something:

    The minister was quoted as saying that he didn't care about jobs.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to give something as an example to support what you are saying

    He quoted the example of a 40-year-old man who has been waiting nearly two years for an operation.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to tell someone what price you would charge them to do a particular piece of work
    quote for:

    How much did they quote for the job?

    quote someone something:

    They quoted us £500 to replace the whole window.



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