verb (used without object), un·quot·ed, un·quot·ing.

  1. to close a quotation (often used with the word quote, which notes the opening of the quotation): The senator said, quote, I am unalterably opposed to this policy, unquote.


  1. an expression used parenthetically to indicate that the preceding quotation is finished


  1. to close (a quotation), esp in printing

v.1935, from un- (2) + quote (v.). Originally (obviously) in speaking; first written record is in a letter of e.e. cummings.

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