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Definition of quite

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

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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 But, sometimes that's not quite enough to truly get to know someone. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Is it Safe to Date During COVID-19? Here's How to Protect Yourself, According to Experts," 13 July 2020 My hair was dehydrated, limp, and not quite blonde. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Dying My Hair From Blonde to Brown," 10 July 2020 Clubhouse often draws parallels—and has more recently been pulled into a quite loud debate, especially on Twitter. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why Postmates decided to sell to Uber instead of IPO," 10 July 2020 Heat in California and Nevada will come close to records, but not quite meet them. Virginia Langmaid And Judson Jones, CNN, "A rare heat wave event is forecast this weekend, the National Weather Service says," 10 July 2020 Another season like that could ratchet the temperature of Herman’s seat from quite hot to scalding heat. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Texas coach Tom Herman ranked among top 10 hottest seats in college football," 9 July 2020 After the heat and humidity of the past few days, a sparkling sun and coooool breeze are quite welcome. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Gilead to boost remdesivir supplies in Europe; drug makers announcing $1 billion antibiotic innovation fund," 9 July 2020 The show was set to conclude after its fifth season, but the streaming platform isn’t quite done with The Firm just yet. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "We’re Getting More Of The Crown Than We Thought — But Will We See Meghan & Harry?," 9 July 2020 However, an organization that has struggled to find consistent backup point guard play in the past may not be ready to give up on one of its 2019 second-round picks quite yet. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Pistons are missing during Summer League: A question for each major player," 9 July 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quite. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce quite (audio)

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


\ 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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