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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 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Having a comfortable place to sleep is important, and there’s nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Sep. 2022 More specifically to this season’s roster, IU largely hasn’t dealt with external expectations quite like this at the college level. Tyler Tachman, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2022 Nothing says couples costume quite like Catwoman and Batman! Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 On Saturday, nobody played up to his reputation quite like Barion Brown. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Sep. 2022 No one has played Stephen King's Carrie quite like Sissy Spacek. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Sep. 2022 Nobody set the standard quite like Zdeno Chara in Boston. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2022 There's nothing quite like ascending a sandy trail among groves of pine trees to a massive sand dune peak overlooking a sea of massive sand dunes and a great lake. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2022 Nothing signals time off quite like a luxurious robe. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quite. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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\ 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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