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[ kwoht ]SEE DEFINITION OF quotes

Synonyms for quotes

  • citation
  • citing
  • cutting
  • excerpt
  • extract
  • passage
  • quote
  • recitation
  • reference
  • saying
  • selection
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He quotes Dr. Chervin's labours, with great and just applause.

I bet you what you like Onions Winter quotes that all over the place.'

"The 'bells they go ringing for Sarah,'" quotes Mr. Luttrell, irrelevantly.

"'Fain would I climb, but that I fear to fall,'" quotes Molly, jestingly.

He had a ringing English precedent in Sidney, whom he quotes.

Mr Hunter then quotes the words of the original record, which is in Norman-French.

With regard to cancer, he quotes from Archigenes and Leonides.

Whenever he quotes his contemporaries it is in order to criticise them.

The sentiments of Augustin, which he quotes, are truly judicious and edifying.

Carlyle quotes Schiller against him, amongst other and greater names.


late 14c., coten, "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references," from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare "distinguish by numbers, number chapters," from Latin quotus "which in order? what number (in sequence)?," from quot "how many," from PIE *kwo-ti-, from pronomial root *kwo- (see who).

The sense development is via "to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" (1570s) to "to copy out or repeat exact words" (1670s). Modern spelling with qu- is from early 15c. The business sense of "to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. Related: Quoted; quoting.