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

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. See More
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Word History


Middle English, from quite, adjective, quit

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near quite

Cite this Entry

“Quite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quite. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: beyond question or doubt : completely
quite alone
quite sure
: more or less sense 1, rather
we live quite near the school

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