\ 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

bag, chuck, leave, resign (from), retire (from), step aside (from), step down (from)

Synonyms: Adjective

disencumbered, free, shut (of), unburdened

Antonyms: Verb

stay (at)

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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


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.


I am finally quit of that terrible task.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Opioid addiction changes the brain in ways that even when people quit can leave them vulnerable to relapse, changes that researchers believe lessen with long-term abstinence. Lauran Neergaard, chicagotribune.com, "A peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit," 10 July 2019 Opioid addiction changes the brain in ways that even when people quit can leave them vulnerable to relapse, changes that researchers believe lessen with long-term abstinence. Lauran Neergaard, The Denver Post, "Researchers peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit," 9 July 2019 Further Reading As HBO and Turner bosses quit, AT&T announces big Time Warner reorganization Since the HBO Max exclusives pertain only to streaming rights, the shows could still be available on cable TV services. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T takes some Time Warner shows off Netflix, makes them exclusive to HBO Max," 9 July 2019 Opioid addiction changes the brain in ways that even when people quit can leave them vulnerable to relapse, changes that researchers believe lessen with long-term abstinence. NBC News, "A peek into opioid users' brains as they try to quit," 9 July 2019 The only thing harder to imagine than Love boycotting the media is her quitting Twitter. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Shane Dunford was in high school when his mother quit her job as a waitress to start Nature’s Herb Farm. Megan Rodriguez, ExpressNews.com, "Planting success: Nature’s Herb Farm president shares how he grew his mother’s business," 8 July 2019 Liverpool resisted Suarez's pleas to quit Anfield and did reap the benefits, but only for another 12 months as Barcelona secured his signature in the summer of 2014 for £75m. SI.com, "Ex-Arsenal Transfer Negotiator Lifts Lid on Infamous £40m+1 Offer to Liverpool for Luis Suarez," 5 July 2019 Gottlieb’s FDA also delayed from 2018 to 2022 an Obama-era deadline requiring e-cigarette–makers to submit products for premarketing review, reasoning that this would give the industry time to develop in ways that help adult smokers quit. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sroufe, who apparently does not know the meaning of the word quit, once again asked the judge to set aside the verdict. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Bizarre ruling in Virginia," 9 July 2019 The lake has produced so many five-fish, 20-pound tournament limits that a 4-pound average quit turning heads. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Lake Guntersville returns to glory in Bassmaster Magazine national rankings," 3 July 2019 Trump's defense chief pick quit after scrutiny around a domestic dispute. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: The campaign that never ended," 20 June 2019 Yet out of the nine operators on Ant Charging, three major EV charging service companies—Teld, Starcharge, and iCharge—earlier this year quit (link in Chinese) Xiaoju. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s ride-hailing giant wants to dominate electric-vehicle charging—so does one of its top backers," 24 June 2019 After the fourth fellow quit, Jackson e-mailed those of us who were left. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, "The Strange Story of a Secret Literary Fellowship," 16 June 2019 Of 37 recruits who started the course, 16 were chosen for the training program; only three quit. National Geographic, "Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching," 12 June 2019 And, there is the constant speculation Swinney will replace Nick Saban when Alabama’s coach decides to call in quits. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al.com, "How Dabo Swinney’s ‘I am kinda like Osama bin Dabo (in Alabama)' quote came up months later," 11 June 2019 At least 25 quit, while others were dismissed or took jobs elsewhere in the network. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Son of Success Academy Founder Filling in as a Teacher at One of Her Schools," 27 Aug. 2018

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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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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