\ ˈkwit How to pronounce quit (audio) \
quit also quitted; quitting

Definition of quit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : give up sense 1 quit a job
b : give up sense 2 quit smoking
c : to depart from or out of
d : to leave the company of
2 : to make full payment of : pay up quit a debt
3 : to set free : relieve, release quit oneself of fear
4 : conduct, acquit the youths quit themselves like men

intransitive verb

1 : to give up employment
2 : to cease normal, expected, or necessary action the engine quit
3 : to admit defeat : give up



Definition of quit (Entry 2 of 3)

: released from obligation, charge, or penalty especially : free



Definition of quit (Entry 3 of 3)

: the act or an instance of quitting a job

Synonyms & Antonyms for quit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Is it quit or resign?


Should you quit or should you resign from your job? No matter which one you choose, it is likely that both of these actions will have the exact same effect on your future, as they are, in this sense, fairly synonymous. However, each is more likely to be found used in specific settings, so you may wish to choose your word with care. Resign is more formal, and will often be found when a person is describing relinquishing a position or office, especially if it is done in disgrace. While it would not be incorrect to say that a member of an organization's board, a king or queen, or a political leader "quit their position," it is more likely that the word resign would be employed.

Examples of quit in a Sentence

Verb She quit college after one semester. She decided to quit show business. He quit teaching after five years. Many workers are quitting because of poor pay. She hates her job and she's thinking about quitting. She quit smoking years ago. I wish you would quit bothering her. We're going to quit for the day. It's too hot to keep working. Adjective I am finally quit of that terrible task. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Medo quit her job in the summer of 2008 and agreed to stay on as a consultant. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Seven months ago, Luis Taveras quit his job as an intake receptionist at a medical clinic to invest in crypto full time. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Neither Android tablet was well-received, so Google quit the tablet market for three years. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 After recording in March, Bradley quit his job and planned to tour before everything shut down. Ilana Kaplan, SPIN, 10 May 2022 More than a decade ago, the sisters quit acting, started flying under the radar and transitioned into focusing on building a fashion empire, which includes their labels Elizabeth and James and The Row. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Meanwhile, several Window Select employees have quit, saying they've been shortchanged out of commissions and other benefits. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2022 Ho quit his hospital job last year — one of many health care workers who have done so. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 4 May 2022 Stoking concerns, environmental scientist Mike Puzzo, who has organized the event for the last five years, quit this job at park earlier this year. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has learned one thing about his young team this season, it’s that there is absolutely no quit in them. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2022 Getting a handle on burnout early is all the more important when serving a high-turnover industry like hospitality, which consistently has the highest quit rate of any industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 Even during a season that has gone completely off the rails, there is no quit in the coaching staff. Broderick Turner Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Although a number of crew members have described the set as unsafe, and several quit shortly before the fatal shooting, the filing said that Mr. Baldwin had not heard about or observed any safety problems on the set. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Second, the quit line has been trending upwards since a low of 1.2% in post-financial-crisis September 2009, as the economy has strengthened. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2022 And industry hiring rates exceeded industry quit rates. Richard Mcgahey, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Trials showed people who received a placebo quit smoking at the same rate as those who received a vaccine. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 6 Jan. 2022 Quit rates in the restaurant and accommodation industry have been more than double the average quit rates of all industries since June 2021, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kat Eschner, Fortune, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of quit


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


13th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quit


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


Middle English quite, quit, from Anglo-French

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“Quit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quit. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for quit


\ ˈkwit How to pronounce quit (audio) \
quit; quitting

Kids Definition of quit

: to leave or stop doing something quit a job quit smoking

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