quite


quite

adverb \ˈkwīt\

: to a very noticeable degree or extent

: completely or entirely

: exactly or precisely

Full Definition of QUITE

1
:  wholly, completely <not quite finished>
2
:  to an extreme :  positively <quite sure> —often used as an intensifier with a <quite a swell guy> <quite a beauty>
3
:  to a considerable extent :  rather <quite near>
See Usage Discussion at plenty
quite a bit
:  a considerable amount
quite a few
:  many

Examples of QUITE

  1. Are you quite finished? Not quite.
  2. I am quite capable of doing it myself, thank you.
  3. They assured me that I was quite mistaken.
  4. We hadn't quite made up our minds.
  5. She's quite right, you know.
  6. I quite forgot your birthday.
  7. No one realized quite what was happening.
  8. Quite why he left is unclear.
  9. That is not quite what I said.
  10. He felt that the world he had loved had quite gone. —Edmund Wilson, New York Times Book Review, 20 July 1986

Origin of QUITE

Middle English, from quite, adjective, quit
First Known Use: 14th century

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