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

Since there's obviously still quite some time before new episodes make their way into our homes, the network cannot confirm who the cast will be for the remake just yet. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 16 Jan. 2019 The mantises have made themselves quite at home, in fact. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Dozens of Praying Mantis Babies Crawled Out of a Woman's Christmas Tree," 9 Jan. 2019 Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 6 sits even more comfortably when attached to the Type Cover that’s almost, but not quite, a requirement. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro 6: The new tablet is easy to use, confusing to buy," 3 Oct. 2018 The Butter London Glazen Highlighting Gel isn't exactly a jelly like the rest of these are, but the texture isn't quite that of a gel, either. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Did A Full Face Of Makeup Using Jelly Highlighters and Eye Shadows — And It Looks Amazing," 19 Sep. 2018 But until now, their younger brother, James Middleton, hadn't been getting quite so much attention. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Even January Jones Is Thirsty for Kate & Pippa Middleton's Hot Brother," 12 Jan. 2019 But a good Eames chair aside, nothing quite compares to a midcentury modern building. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Only that one of its most remarkable characteristics is this odd combination, quite rare and, in its way, admirable. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Super Meat Boy is the next game up, which isn’t quite as attractive a deal. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Free copies of Subnautica: Epic Games Store kickstarts your library with a winner," 14 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 \

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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