According to Google quote is '

repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker'

can a single word qualify as a quote?

EDIT: Besides: One word sentences like "yes","no","okay".

To put the question in perspective: The question came up when my co-worker and I were trying to use this website and we were arguing if it is necessary to provide more than one word.

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    To rephrase, you want to know whether a single word can qualify as a quote? Short story, yes. Consider: *You want to borrow money? Seriously? Do you remember when I asked you if you could spot me $100 last month? You said, and I quote, "no'.".
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 12:15
  • I'll rephrase the question as you suggested :) Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 12:18
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    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore!"
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 12:36
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    Quoted 21 times in Citizen Kane: "ROSEBUD!"
    – user184292
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 12:49
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    "NUTS!" –Anthony McAuliffe
    – Mazura
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 13:37

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Yes it's perfectly possible for a quote to be one word, and this is done frequently in reporting.

The leader called the attacks "disgusting".

In this sentence the word "disgusting" is a quote, and is the only thing the leader is actually stated to have said.

Even simple words can be a quote.

Asked if he was intending to run as a candidate, the politician said "Yes."

A single word quote can even stand on its own.

Rosebud! Citizen Kane

  • So any part of a text can be quoted single words included? Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 14:15
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    @stsatlantis Yes. A quote is just that: a quote. A piece of speech or writing you're echoing and attributing back to its source.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 14:24
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    I would upvote your comment but i don't have enough rep. Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 14:25

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