\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hertel gave a different reason for quitting when announcing his resignation on Thursday. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "SMART bus manager John Hertel fired for parking personal cars at bus facility," 13 Mar. 2020 After quitting Park's parish, Lee jointly establish the Tabernacle Temple in the 1970s, but abandoned that group, too, after accusing his co-founders of corruption, according to Introvigne. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "How one man's epiphany on a Seoul mountain in 1955 laid the foundation for many religious sects in South Korea," 6 Mar. 2020 The show kicked off with El Moussa talking to his kids, Taylor and Brayden, in the car about how Victor had quit his job to pursue house flipping full-time. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Flipping 101 w/ Tarek El Moussa' Premiered With Rookie Flip Couple and a Driveway Nightmare," 5 Mar. 2020 Then former Mayor Pete Buttigieg quit the race Sunday, followed Monday by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). TheWeek, "Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Trevor Noah mark Joe Biden's big win, cringe at his subsequent gaffes," 3 Mar. 2020 And while most of the news about Facebook’s Libra digital currency effort has been about folks quitting it, on Friday came word that e-commerce service Shopify was joining. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "In the future, there will be no more fintech," 24 Feb. 2020 Whatever the reason, a 2010 meta-analysis (pdf, p. 14) reviewed 148 studies with more than 300,000 participants and found that strong social relationships had about the same effect on all-cause mortality risk as quitting smoking. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Making friends as an adult is hard, but these simple tips can help," 22 Feb. 2020 Drivers quit constantly because the job, which often required them to deliver as many as 300 packages a day, was so demanding. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside Documents Show How Amazon Chose Speed Over Safety in Building Its Delivery Network," 28 Dec. 2019 Pitt spoke candidly with his Meet Joe Black costar Anthony Hopkins about quitting drinking. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Discusses Quitting Alcohol and Learning from His Mistakes," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Never out As for Corona del Sol, this is a small team, but there is absolutely no quit in coach Neil MacDonald's squad. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona high school boys basketball rewind: What we learned this week," 15 Dec. 2019 As Zac Taylor likes to say, there is no quit in this team. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Finally, the Cincinnati Bengals have something to play for.," 4 Nov. 2019 Four of the prosecutors in the Stone case have quit that matter; one of them quit the government entirely. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Officially a battleground, Trump plants his flag in a purple Arizona," 19 Feb. 2020 Early last spring, one of the two teachers for Landon’s class of 20 quit. USA Today, "Two boys with the same disability tried to get help. The rich student got it quickly. The poor student did not.," 9 Feb. 2020 Five quit, seven await termination hearings and most of the rest face reprimands or suspensions. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Connecticut police departments warn officers against offensive off-duty Facebook posts," 29 Nov. 2019 The air-conditioner quit working in late August; two weeks later, the family reported mold growth in an upstairs bathroom. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Family fled sewage-contaminated house on San Antonio base," 24 Nov. 2019 The euro slipped to $1.0937 from $1.0944 after a German member of the European Central Bank’s top council quit, possibly over disagreement with new stimulus measures. Joe Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "World shares mostly higher on hopes for trade talks," 26 Sep. 2019 In a follow-up paper, Johnson and his colleagues reported that 67 percent of participants were still abstinent 12 months after their quit date, and 60 percent of them had not smoked after 16 months or more. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Johns Hopkins Scientists Give Psychedelics the Serious Treatment," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of quit was in the 13th century

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22 Mar 2020

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“Quit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quit. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quit

informal : to leave (a job, school, career, etc.)
chiefly US, informal : to stop doing (an action or activity)
informal : to stop working


\ 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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