quite

adverb
\ ˈkwīt How to pronounce quite (audio) \

Definition of quite

1 : wholly, completely not quite finished
2 : to an extreme : positively quite sure often used as an intensifier with a quite a swell guyquite a beauty
3 : to a considerable extent : rather quite near
quite a bit
: a considerable amount
quite a few
: many

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Using Plenty as an Adjective: Usage Guide

Many commentators object to use of sense 2 in writing; it appears to be limited chiefly to spoken English. Sense 1 is literary but is no longer in common use.

Examples of quite in a Sentence

He felt that the world he had loved had quite gone. — Edmund Wilson, New York Times Book Review, 20 July 1986 The men who made love to the left-wing college girls were either medical students, who had contempt for them and forgot them, or jocks, who bragged falsely of having made conquests of quite other girls. — Renata Adler, Pitch Dark, 1983 In my opinion, my work … ain't quite good enough … — William Faulkner, in Faulkner in the University, (1959) 1977 Irene Franey, a little older than I, was quite a beauty — John O'Hara, letter, 30 Dec. 1963 “Are you quite finished?” “Not quite.” I am quite capable of doing it myself, thank you. They assured me that I was quite mistaken. We hadn't quite made up our minds. She's quite right, you know. I quite forgot your birthday. No one realized quite what was happening. Quite why he left is unclear. That is not quite what I said.
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Recent Examples on the Web The locals weren't quite sure what to make of it, said Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, NASA historian at Johnson Space Center. Samantha Bresnahan, CNN, 16 July 2021 The kaleidoscopic diversity on city streets across the U.S. and around the world is one reason self-driving cars are not quite yet ready for prime time. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Her parents, after their brief jail stints (Loughlin served two months, and Giannulli did five) are also quite well. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 12 July 2021 The trim pieces made to conceal the ends accommodate these variations quite well, but not without some compromise in appearance. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2021 The punchy course that starts at Musashinonomori Park, climbs the slopes of Mt. Fuji and finishes at the Fuji Speedway west of Tokyo would fit Sagan's riding style quite well. Dave Skretta, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 But investors shouldn’t slam the door shut quite yet. Telis Demos, WSJ, 8 July 2021 As the lake gets lower and lower, no one is quite sure how the pelicans or the other bird species that call the lake home will respond. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 July 2021 The Hawks don't need to fret about many of these decisions quite yet. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 4 July 2021

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First Known Use of quite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quite

Middle English, from quite, adjective, quit

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The first known use of quite was in the 14th century

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20 Jul 2021

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“Quite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quite. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for quite

quite

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of quite

: to a very noticeable degree or extent
used to make a statement more forceful often used with a, an, or the before a noun
: completely or entirely

quite

adverb
\ ˈkwīt How to pronounce quite (audio) \

Kids Definition of quite

1 : beyond question or doubt : completely I was quite alone. Are you quite sure?
2 : to a considerable extent That's quite interesting. We're quite near.

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