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adjective \ˈkwit\

Definition of quit

  1. :  released from obligation, charge, or penalty; especially :  free

Examples of quit

  1. <I am finally quit of that terrible task.>

Origin of quit

Middle English quite, quit, from Anglo-French

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with quit




Simple Definition of quit

  • : to leave (a job, school, career, etc.)

  • : to stop doing (an action or activity)

  • : to stop working

Full Definition of quit

quit also quit·tedquit·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make full payment of :  pay up <quit a debt>

  3. 2 :  to set free :  relieve, release <quit oneself of fear>

  4. 3 :  conduct, acquit <the youths quit themselves like men>

  5. 4 a :  to depart from or out of b :  to leave the company of c :  give up 1 <quit a job> d :  give up 2 <quit smoking>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to cease normal, expected, or necessary action <the engine quit>

  8. 2 :  to give up employment

  9. 3 :  to admit defeat :  give up

Examples of quit

  1. She quit college after one semester.

  2. She decided to quit show business.

  3. He quit teaching after five years.

  4. Many workers are quitting because of poor pay.

  5. She hates her job and she's thinking about quitting.

  6. She quit smoking years ago.

  7. I wish you would quit bothering her.

  8. We're going to quit for the day. It's too hot to keep working.

Origin of quit

Middle English quiten, quitten, from Anglo-French quiter, from quite free of, released, from Latin quietus quiet, at rest

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of quit

stop, cease, quit, discontinue, desist mean to suspend or cause to suspend activity. stop applies to action or progress or to what is operating or progressing and may imply suddenness or definiteness <stopped at the red light>. cease applies to states, conditions, or existence and may add a suggestion of gradualness and a degree of finality <by nightfall the fighting had ceased>. quit may stress either finality or abruptness in stopping or ceasing <the engine faltered, sputtered, then quit altogether>. discontinue applies to the stopping of an accustomed activity or practice <we have discontinued the manufacture of that item>. desist implies forbearance or restraint as a motive for stopping or ceasing <desisted from further efforts to persuade them>.




Definition of quit

  1. :  the act or an instance of quitting a job

Circa 1923

First Known Use of quit

circa 1923

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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