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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Still, Josh Newman, vice president of the Client Computing Group at Intel, said that Project Athena has made the PC’s role quite fundamental. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Here's what's inside Intel's boundary-pushing 'Project Athena' laptops—and why," 29 May 2019 According to Arie's Instagram and his real estate website, realtybyarie.com, he's made quite successful sales, including a home that recently went for $2.7 million. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Arie From The Bachelor is Now Apparently a Real Estate Agent on House Hunters International," 29 May 2019 The season finales of Chicago Med and Chicago P.D. didn't take things quite that far—but fans are still not happy. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘Chicago P.D.’ and ‘Chicago Med’ Fans Are Outraged After the Confusing Finale Cast Exits," 23 May 2019 In retrospect, that never seemed quite fair in an industry in which women have always been at the forefront of everything from interiors to furniture design. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Women on This Year's ELLE Decor A-List Outnumber the Men," 22 May 2019 GIF Brewery 3 The internet runs on GIFs, and no software for creating them is quite as accessible as GIF Brewery 3. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac," 27 Dec. 2018 Nothing marks a milestone like graduation—and kick-starts an adult wardrobe—quite like a major piece of jewelry. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Jewelry Is the Greatest Gift You Can Give a Post-Grad," 20 May 2019 And speaking of artistry, no fashion brand has infused creative whimsy into its designs quite like Gucci. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Thomas de Kluyver Talks Relaunch of Gucci Beauty, New Role as Global Makeup Artist," 5 May 2019 But Mosaic’s food isn’t quite like Swanson’s 1950s vintage frozen turkey and mashed potatoes. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Frozen Dinners Are Back, but May Get Iced Out," 3 May 2019

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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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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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