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quotation mark
▪ Both the above quotations refer to severe learning difficulties but of course severe is a term open to varying interpretations.
▪ The above quotation contains a number of interesting points.
▪ They form a national network and it is from their conference statement that I took the above quotations.
▪ Quoted phrases, distinguishing direct speech, quotation, terms and glosses, cited phrases etc.
▪ Now, that direct quotation warrants some careful consideration.
▪ In conversation, direct quotation of the words of some one else is relatively rare.
▪ Indeed, some of his most famous pronouncements are paraphrases, even on occasion almost direct quotations, from Hillel.
▪ For instance, take the following quotations from the Qur'an about Allah.
▪ The following quotation from Basil Mitchell can illustrate this.
▪ The following quotations illustrate some of the frustrations and misunderstandings that could hamper the best-laid plans.
▪ A written quotation is available on request.
▪ For a written quotation, visit your Ford dealer today.
▪ The lender will require a charge over the property Written quotations are always available on request.
▪ Subject to status. Written quotations available.
▪ We will give you written quotations.
▪ Ensure you receive a written quotation covering all aspects of the job.
▪ Now, though, the irony is wearing off; they don't even bother to put their antics in quotation marks.
▪ I might also comment that she seemed to know what the quotation marks represented on the page.
▪ At first the international press used it ironically, in quotation marks.
▪ Finally, quotes, simply by being embraced by quotation marks or set in italics, will attract your readers.
▪ These are lives lived wholly within quotation marks, and the references are mostly Henry James.
▪ For example, if we teach a child quotation marks, the child will sprinkle them liberally throughout every story.
▪ Her tone changes in response to quotation marks, and her spacing matches the length of pages, sentences, and words.
▪ When a quotation is followed by an attributive phrase, the comma is enclosed within the quotation marks.
▪ The screen-based systems of the exchanges now make it feasible to disseminate price quotations for debt securities and to report transactions.
▪ Having decided upon the items to be included in the calculation, the next step is to obtain the monthly price quotations.
▪ About 150,000 price quotations are collected for the 350 items on a specified Tuesday near the middle of every month.
▪ The average of interbank offered rates for dollar deposits in the London market based on quotations at five major banks.
▪ The accused gave an excessively high quotation for repairs.
▪ A good retailer won't give you a firm quotation before he's done his homework.
▪ We will give you written quotations.
▪ Most of them will give you a written quotation for their services, in advance, if you ask for one.
▪ Questions which include dates, quotations and complex wording are initially offputting.
▪ Janson uses his advantage of extra space to include more quotations from artists.
▪ Amdega's exclusive design service is absolutely free and includes drawings and quotations.
▪ When you have decided exactly what work needs to be done, you should obtain several quotations for the job.
▪ The Royal Institution also perceives another difficulty with becoming a public company and obtaining a Stock Exchange quotation.
▪ The procedures used to obtain quotations are similar to those outlined in Chapter 5, relating to the purchase of materials.
▪ Having decided upon the items to be included in the calculation, the next step is to obtain the monthly price quotations.
▪ There are two important aspects of using quotations in essays.
▪ But you should use a quotation if the language of the original is itself important.
▪ They have both used the same quotation but the first writer takes it wholesale.
▪ The procedures used to obtain quotations are similar to those outlined in Chapter 5, relating to the purchase of materials.
▪ In controversy with his opponents, he regularly uses a quotation from the Old Testament to settle the argument.
be sprinkled with jokes/quotations etc
▪ a quotation from the Bible
▪ Get a few quotations from different firms so that you can compare prices.
▪ I couldn't remember where I'd heard the quotation before.
▪ If you do use quotations in your essay, select them carefully.
▪ Spencer began his speech with a quotation from Karl Marx.
▪ The quotation is attributed to Chu Hsi, an ancient Chinese philosopher.
▪ We got two completely different quotations for fixing the roof.
▪ Dealing with her finest prints and drawings with appropriate quotations from her own writings, this reveals many of her sources.
▪ Finally, as is apparent from this quotation, the managers discovered that firing took skill.
▪ Finally, quotes, simply by being embraced by quotation marks or set in italics, will attract your readers.
▪ For this and all other items of quotation, documentation, or public record, see Notes beginning on page 225.
▪ I might also comment that she seemed to know what the quotation marks represented on the page.
▪ She was given to religion; to quotations from the Bible.
▪ You might not do that if you were in prison, as a lengthy quotation from Porridge reminds us.


A quotation is the repetition of one expression as part of another one, particularly when the quoted expression is well-known or explicitly attributed by citation to its original source, and it is indicated by ( punctuated with) quotation marks.

A quotation can also refer to the repeated use of units of any other form of expression, especially parts of artistic works: elements of a painting, scenes from a movie or sections from a musical composition.

Quotation (disambiguation)

Quotation is a reference to a previously known expression.

Quotation can also refer to:

Quotation (film)

Quotation is a 2004 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Vinod Vijayan, starring Arun and Jagathy Sreekumar in the lead role.

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Quotation \Quo*ta"tion\ (kw[-o]*t[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [From Quote.]

  1. The act of quoting or citing.

  2. That which is quoted or cited; a part of a book or writing named, repeated, or adduced as evidence or illustration.

  3. (Com.) The naming or publishing of the current price of stocks, bonds, or any commodity; also, the price named.

  4. Quota; share. [Obs.]

  5. (Print.) A piece of hollow type metal, lower than type, and measuring two or more pica ems in length and breadth, used in the blank spaces at the beginning and end of chapters, etc.

    Quotation marks (Print.), two inverted commas placed at the beginning, and two apostrophes at the end, of a passage quoted from an author in his own words.



  1. n. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases" [syn: citation, acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention]

  2. a passage or expression that is quoted or cited [syn: quote, citation]

  3. a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity

  4. the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.; "since he lacks originality he must rely on quotation"



n. 1 A fragment of a human expression that is repeated exactly by somebody else. Most often a quotation is taken from literature or speech, but scenes from a movie, elements of a painting, a passage of music, etc., may be quoted. 2 The act of naming a price; the price that has been quoted.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


mid-15c., "numbering," later (1530s) "marginal notation," noun of action from quote (v.) or else from Medieval Latin quotationem (nominative quotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of quotare "to number." Meaning "an act of quoting" is from 1640s; that of "passage quoted" is from 1680s. Quotation marks attested by 1777.

Usage examples of "quotation".

Among the Greek wines, so much admired by ancient Epicures, those of the islands of the Archipelago were the most celebrated, and of these the Chian wine, the product of Chios, bore away the palm from every other, and particularly that which was made from vines growing on the mountain called Arevisia, in testimony of which it were easy, if necessary, to produce an amphora full of classical quotations.

Fernack and Varetti and even Cokey Walsh and Allen Uttershaw who played with quotations like a tired juggler toying with a cigar.

Malipiero was sorry that I had taken my text from any heretical poet, although he was pleased that my sermon was not interlarded with Latin quotations.

DeS hazer Kirkpatrick, and Osborn quotations in letters to the author.

But wherever such italicized phrases appear in quotations, the reader should ascribe the emphasis to the writer, and not to the original authority.

The words italicized in the foregoing quotation are of special significance to-day.

One reads almost with a feeling of amazement the sentences we have italicized in the foregoing quotation.

On the insistence of Opiz, Casanova continued his correspondence, but he passed over nothing more, neither in exact quotations from Latin authors, nor solecisms, nor lame reasonings.

Perhaps Eusebius is quoting Papias correctly, but even so, what can we glean from that quotation?

Only lately, since I have been able to look things up in books, have I begun to unscramble the anthology of quotations that Matern had cooked up: he mixed liturgical texts, the phenomenology of a stocking-cap, and abstrusely secular lyrical poetry into a stew seasoned with the cheapest gin.

THE BEST WAY TO LOSE Pilar countered with another quotation and noticed his glance slide to her fingers.

This and the subsequent quotations from Gene Sheck are from Sheck oral history.

He dislikes some of my quotations of his speeches, but has promised faithfully to deliver every sheet untampered with to Hancock.

His quotations are nearly all at second hand, and so little does he criticize his facts as to confuse the Vaudoux worship of the Haitian negroes with that of Votan in Chiapa.

He forgot to add that if the examples of atrocious vivisection given in this essay were horrible--as they were--yet every instance was substantiated by reference to the original authorities, and that their accurate quotation could not be impugned.