quite

adverb
\ ˈkwīt \

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 Adverb: Usage Guide

Many handbooks advise avoiding the adverb plenty in writing; "use very, quite, or a more precise word," they advise. Actually plenty is often a more precise word than its recommended replacements; very, fully, or quite will not work as well in these typical quotations. it's already plenty hot for us in the kitchen without some dolt opening the oven —C. H. Bridges may not be rising quite as rapidly as other health costs, but it is going up plenty fast Changing Times It is not used in more formal writing.

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

Nothing says summer quite like the smell of barbeque. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 For the better part of a decade, there’s been no artist who defined the zeitgeist quite like Drake, the Canadian rapper-singer whose work has birthed countless memes and imitators. Andy Hutchins, Time, "Scorpion Finds Drake Struggling to Keep It All Together," 29 June 2018 The problem is, no one knows quite what to do about it. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Cellphone spying has lawmakers worried. But they don't know how to stop it.," 28 June 2018 How about a masterpiece—a movie so ambitious, and compacted of such unlikely ingredients, that no one’s ever tasted anything quite like it? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Gus Van Sant’s Semi-Surreal “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”," 13 July 2018 Where dining comes with a customary 18 to 20 percent gratuity, spa treatments never seem to be quite as straightforward. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Here's How Much You Should be Tipping for Beauty Services," 13 July 2018 The first one, with Belgium dangerous and on the front foot, was quite a bit of fun. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 2:13 (Not so) smooth criminals Advertisement Sometimes plans don't quite work out as intended. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Burglar got stuck in Golden Corral exhaust vent. Then cooks fired up the grill, NC cops say," 11 July 2018 From that moment on, fan reactions became quite mixed. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Upset After Heidi Klum Gave MaKayla Phillips the Golden Buzzer," 11 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for quite

quite

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of quite

: to a very noticeable degree or extent

: completely or entirely

: exactly or precisely

quite

adverb
\ ˈkwīt \

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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