\ 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 Kanders, a $10 million donor to the Whitney, quit after months of protests by left-wingers over his business dealings with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Tends for 2020: The Big Apple Is Not So Big in the Art World Anymore," 4 Jan. 2020 The app can track any sort of habit, from quitting smoking to taking a brisk walk every day. David Nield, Popular Science, "Eight apps to make your New Year resolutions stick," 3 Jan. 2020 Previously, Lizzo has been candid about almost wanting to quit music when it didn’t hit with fans right away. Essence, "Lizzo Reflects On Her Inspirational Glow-Up: 'Anything Can Happen In A Decade'," 2 Jan. 2020 Bessner, who had a history of misconduct allegations involving his Taser use, quit the state police after the teen's death and was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Case of Michigan teen who died after trooper shot him with Taser settled for $12 million," 30 Dec. 2019 Chief executive officer Cornellis Vriewijk quit in February, nine months after taking charge. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India’s fourth-largest airline is struggling with an unstable leadership and an overworked crew," 26 Dec. 2019 Other than not quitting after falling behind 38-3 and not having a significant injury, there's little worth singling out as a positive. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Bill O'Brien defends Texans' offensive showing in loss to Broncos," 9 Dec. 2019 The prosecutor trying the murder case against the Randolph County woman accused of killing former state Sen. Linda Collins unexpectedly asked to quit this week, after a similar request made by a judge assigned to the case. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Prosecutor in death of former state senator asks departure; trial of woman sees another turn," 7 Dec. 2019 He was forced to quit the party in 2016 after writing a Facebook post in support of China's claims in the South China Sea, despite Kuala Lumpur being a claimant in the dispute. Julie Zaugg, CNN, "Malaysia bans comic book for being pro-China and 'promoting communism'," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Thompson on May 28 filed a fraudulent quit-claim deed with the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office, transferring ownership of the property to himself. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Scammer forged documents to steal title of Cleveland home, records say," 16 Oct. 2019 More quits can also push companies to pay more to retain their staffs. Arkansas Online, "Employers post more jobs in October in sign of solid economy," 17 Dec. 2019 More quits can also push companies to pay more to retain their staffs. Washington Post, "Employers post more jobs in October in sign of solid economy," 17 Dec. 2019 But there is no such thing as a former Marine, and there is no quit in a Marine, and Mike Ferazzi was going to beat cancer a second time. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Registry of Motor Vehicles, deadly inefficiency," 2 July 2019 That attorney’s boss said the entire firm experienced biased courtroom behavior from the judge after the attorney quit. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "'This is someone abusing power.' In Northern Kentucky, a judge finds herself under scrutiny over Snapchat and seduction," 4 Dec. 2019 Inspired and scared by the recent spate of hospitalizations and deaths from a mystery respiratory illness linked to vaping, young people can be seen throwing out their e-cigarettes on social media, vowing to quit. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors wonder if traditional smoking cessation methods will help people quit vaping," 19 Sep. 2019 Purdy’s 10-yard touchdown run with less than five minutes left gave the Pumas a 63-56 lead, but Navarro and Desert Vista didn’t quit. Danny Shapiro, azcentral, "Arizona high school football playoff roundup: Desert Vista outlasts Perry in instant classic," 15 Nov. 2019 Showing some grit and a lack of quit against the Rams had a role in their 40-25 victory in Baltimore the following week. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: Two blowouts in five games a sign something is wrong," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Quit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quit. Accessed 19 January 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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