\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

Cincinnati couldn’t quite get things right on offense last year, firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese two games into the season, and replacing him with Bill Lazor, who returns for his first full season running the offense. Michael Beller, SI.com, "High-Risk, High-Reward Players for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season," 10 July 2018 In Brazil — which still hasn’t quite gotten over Germany’s 7-1 humiliation of the home team during the 2014 World Cup semifinals — several maniacs staged a mock funeral for Germany, parading down a street with caskets draped in the German flag. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 16 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Knockout Stage," 29 June 2018 Eric Thames, who started in left field but moved to right when centerfielder Lorenzo Cain exited with groin tightness in the fourth inning, gave chase but never quite got there. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers kept pushing but couldn't come up with big hit vs. St. Louis' tough pitching staff," 23 June 2018 Now in his mid-50s, Sedaris can’t quite get comfortable with time stumbling on. Caroline Leavitt, SFChronicle.com, "'Calypso,' by David Sedaris," 22 June 2018 Ruth and Sam appear to be engaged in an abusive dynamic, but GLOW doesn’t quite seem to know that, or care. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Marc Maron Is Great in GLOW, and Maybe That’s a Problem," 29 June 2018 The Valley Center History Museum, chock full of exhibits, memorabilia and historic documents having to do with everything Valley Center, has done quite well for itself since opening 15 years ago. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Small Valley Center history museum draws big crowds," 13 July 2018 Admittedly, the shoes pair quite well with the brand's launch of wardrobe staples for men and women in black performance textiles. refinery29.com, "Stylist Christine Centenera Wants To Change The Way You Shop," 10 July 2018 In fact, both papers are doing quite well with subscriptions because of Donald Trump. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'quite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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English Language Learners Definition of quite

: to a very noticeable degree or extent

: completely or entirely

: exactly or precisely


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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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to express warning or disapproval

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