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Definition of "quotation" []

  • The act of quoting. (noun)
  • A passage quoted. (noun)
  • An explicit reference or allusion in an artistic work to a passage or element from another, usually well-known work: "Direct quotations from other paintings are fairly sparse” ( Robert Hughes). (noun)
  • The quoting of current prices and bids for securities and goods. (noun)
  • The prices or bids cited. (noun)
  • A phrase or passage from a book, poem, play, etc, remembered and spoken, esp to illustrate succinctly or support a point or an argument (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act or habit of quoting from books, plays, poems, etc (noun)
  • A statement of the current market price of a security or commodity (noun)
  • An estimate of costs submitted by a contractor to a prospective client; tender (noun)
  • Registration granted to a company or governmental body, enabling the shares and other securities of the company or body to be officially listed and traded (noun)
  • A large block of type metal that is less than type-high and is used to fill up spaces in type pages (noun)

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Use "quotation" in a sentence
  • "This quotation is a favorite of liberals, although it does not appear in the earliest and best manuscripts of the Gospel of Luke."
  • "This quotation is attributed to Bill Gates, but Mr. Shapiro suspects that it is apocryphal, and is seeking the person who either said it or first attributed it to Mr. Gates."
  • "He recalled the quotation from the English essayist Walter Bagehot: “We must not let daylight in upon the magic.”"