how do i quote a definition?
im writing an essay and i wondered how to quote a definition and if i even have to quote it?
Although it may seem arcane, you are obliged to quote a definition and to provide attribution for a definition taken directly from a dictionary.
Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines:
___Parenthetical, In-text Citation:
__( < This opens the parenthetical citation); __ "The word the definition of which you have quoted" (include the word you are defining in quotation marks); __def. 1a) (use abbreviation def.; followed by the number and letter, if applicable, of the definition you have quoted; followed by the close of the parenthetical citation); __the period ending the sentence (this period appears immediately after the parenthetical citation). Note: The constraints of Yahoo! Answers do not permit me to illustrate the formatting; however I have provided a link below which contains a formatted example. Unformatted example with requisite information: "Intellect" is defined as "the ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding" ("intellect" def. 1a). Please see: http://www.learningtowrite.com/documents... ___Works Cited Entry: __"Word Defined." (Begin with the word defined in quotes with first letter capitalized; place period inside closing quotation mark); __Def. 1a. (use abbreviation Def.; note that the the first letter of this abbreviation is capitalized; the "1" is the definition number; the "a" represents a subdivision within the definition number, if applicable; follow this information with a period); __The Title of the Dictionary (in italics) followed by a period; __the edition number (e.g., 2nd) followed by uncapitalized abbreviation ed.; __the year of publication (followed by a period); __the medium (in the example below it is a printed dictionary). Note: The constraints of Yahoo! Answers do not permit me to illustrate the formatting; however I have provided links below which contain formatted examples. Unformatted example with requisite information: “Intellect." Def. 1a. Oxford English Dictionary (in italics). 2nd ed. 1989. Print. Please see the following for formatted examples, including the information needed in your works cited entry for a definition from an obscure dictionary: http://www.elac.edu/departments/library/... ["Citing an Article in a Well-Known Reference Book"] http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide/MLA/... http://canterbury.libguides.com/content.php?pid=29345&sid=250096 ["Reference Books Frequently updated, well-known reference title"] Good luck!