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quit

adjective \ ˈkwit \

Definition of quit

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

Examples of quit in a Sentence

  1. I am finally quit of that terrible task.

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Origin and Etymology of quit

Middle English quite, quit, from Anglo-French

quit Synonyms


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quit

verb

Definition of quit

quit also quitted; quitting
transitive verb
1 :to make full payment of :pay up
  • quit a debt
2 :to set free :relieve, release
  • quit oneself of fear
3 :conduct, acquit
  • the youths quit themselves like men
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
intransitive verb
1 :to cease normal, expected, or necessary action
  • the engine quit
2 :to give up employment
3 :to admit defeat :give up

Examples of quit in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of quit

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

quit Synonyms

Synonyms
bag, chuck, leave, resign (from), retire (from), step aside (from), step down (from), give notice, hang it up, have done (with)
Antonyms
stay (at)
Related Words
abandon, vacate; drop out (of), throw up
Near Antonyms
hire (out or on)

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

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quit

noun

Definition of quit

:the act or an instance of quitting a job

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First Known Use of quit

circa 1923



QUIT Defined for English Language Learners

quit

verb

Definition of quit for English Language Learners

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

  • : to stop doing (an action or activity)

  • : to stop working


QUIT Defined for Kids

quit

verb \ ˈkwit \

Definition of quit for Students

quit; quitting
:to leave or stop doing something
  • quit a job
  • quit smoking


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