quite

adverb
\ ˈkwīt How to pronounce quite (audio) \

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 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

One of the priciest single meal items on the menu, the $4.99 double cheeseburger doesn't quite live up to the higher price tag. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 But thanks to a little help from the world’s most famous playwright, no other single incident has doomed March 15th to its baleful reputation quite like Julius Caesar’s assassination. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019 Or the cool, perfumed air floating through Neiman Marcus NorthPark, quite an escape from the 102-degree temperature outside. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 There’s nothing quite like having a home away from home. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Redesigned Bungalows," 20 Feb. 2019 Sister James Charles has been having quite the week. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Addresses Rumors That He Has a Sex Tape Circulating on Twitter," 29 Jan. 2019 Kelly managed to hang on to the job for quite some time after that. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "John Kelly is out as White House chief of staff, Trump announces," 8 Dec. 2018 According to the South China Morning Post, the project was quite a feat of engineering. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shanghai luxury hotel is built inside an abandoned quarry," 5 Dec. 2018 Despite benchmarks that show Edge's EdgeHTML engine is superior to Blink in various ways, its benefits weren't quite enough to get users to switch. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 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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quite

adverb

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

quite

adverb
\ 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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