\ 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 Villa scored on a 5-yard run later in the quarter to put the game out of reach at 26-7 with 3 1/2 minutes to play, but Castle Park didn’t quit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater’s ground-and-pound offense proves too much for Castle Park," 2 Apr. 2021 Still, Pitino could not quit, and his Basketball Jones took him to Athens. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Rick Pitino, basketball survivor, is back in the NCAA Tournament," 18 Mar. 2021 And for all the same reasons the Rangers couldn’t quit Odor last season. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers appear to have a top third to their lineup, then comes the big question mark at No. 4," 17 Mar. 2021 But Portland didn’t quit and went on a 15-2 run to get back into the game at 117-113 after Trent hit a three with 3:30 remaining. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers rally from 17 down in 4th to win 125-124 over New Orleans Pelicans: Game rewind," 17 Mar. 2021 Either way, Vander stays committed to the Oppenheim Group and the show (these ladies don't quit!). Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'Selling Sunset's' Maya Vander Shares How She'll Continue To Be a Part of the Show Despite Leaving L.A.," 17 Mar. 2021 Yet in many sectors that once relied on in-person sessions, big deals are still getting done, sales are still being closed and networkers can't quit networking. Farhad Manjoo New York Times, Star Tribune, "Do people really need to fly for business anymore?," 10 Mar. 2021 The Pioneers had to fight off a Farmington team that wouldn’t quit. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Lehi holds off Farmington to win 5A boys’ basketball title," 6 Mar. 2021 The Aogled Computer Monitor Light won’t quit on you. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Monitor Light," 5 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This number, however, has largely remained unchanged for the majority of the pandemic, with the quit rate averaging around 2.3% for February and the past few months. Kristin Stoller, Forbes, "One Third Of Millennials Plan To Quit Their Jobs After The Pandemic—Here’s Why, And What Employers Can Do," 6 Apr. 2021 Amazon has said the mailbox provides a convenient way for workers to vote, and the pay-to-quit offer is extended annually to warehouse workers across the country. Washington Post, "Amazon union voting ends Monday, but expect a long and contentious count," 29 Mar. 2021 Many smokers are referred to quit-smoking hotlines at their annual checkup. Matthew Perrone, Star Tribune, "Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?," 28 Mar. 2021 Spalding coach Josh Pratt was quick to credit the Cougars for coming out fast and prepared, and also proud with how his Cavaliers showed no quit in rallying from the big deficit. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Mount Carmel scrambles past Spalding, 80-79, in boys basketball," 12 Mar. 2021 And in Miami-Dade County, to help reduce deed fraud, the Clerk of the Court Recorder sends a courtesy letter to the property owner whenever a quit-claim deed is recorded with the office. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Thieves steal people’s houses by using fake deeds. Here’s how to protect your home.," 9 Mar. 2021 Coaches help teens develop a quit plan, cope with stress, learn about nicotine and get support. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "More Minnesota students are vaping marijuana despite increasing campaigns against e-cigarettes," 23 Feb. 2021 But the second half, obviously there was no quit in them. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Julius Garza dominates in New Lothrop's Division 7 title win," 23 Jan. 2021 The outside counsel who was leading the case quit and the CDAA has no funds to replace him. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Audit finds state district attorney group misspent millions allocated for environmental cases," 13 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'quit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Quit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quit. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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