Definition of quite
- quite sure
- quite a swell guy
- quite a beauty
- quite near
“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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to a very noticeable degree or extent
: completely or entirely
: exactly or precisely
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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