General English

  • verb to repeat what someone has said or written



  • To make an offer at a guaranteed price.


  • The act of making a dealing price, or the best bid and/or offer price for an asset available in an exchange traded market or from a forex market maker at a certain time. A trader might ask a forex market maker to quote a market for the current EUR/USD exchange rate in a size of 10 million Euros. also called quotation.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to repeat the exact words written or said by somebody else

Media Studies

  • noun something that somebody has said, word for word, reported in quotemarks

Real Estate

  • verb to give an estimate of the price of providing someone with a product or service


  • verb to repeat words used by someone else, especially to repeat a reference number
  • verb to calculate the probable cost of something

Origin & History of “quote”

Latin quot meant ‘how many’. From it was derived the adjective quotus ‘of what number’, whose feminine form quota was used in post-classical times as a noun, denoting literally ‘how great a part’ – whence English quota (17th c.). Quotus also formed the basis of the medieval Latin verb quotāre ‘number’, which was used specifically for the practice of marking sections of text in manuscripts with numbers, as reference points. English took the verb over as quote, and by the 16th century was using it for ‘cite’ or ‘refer to’. The derived unquote is first recorded in a letter by e e cummings, dated 1935.

Also based on quot was Latin quotiēns ‘how many times’, which has given English quotient (15th c.); and quotidian ‘daily’ (14th c.) goes back ultimately to a Latin compound formed from quotus and diēs ‘day’. But the archaic quoth (OE), despite a certain similarity in form and sense, is not related; it comes from cwæth, the past tense of Old English cwethan ‘say’.