quite

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adverb \ˈkwīt\

Definition of quite

  1. 1 :  wholly, completely not quite finished

  2. 2 :  to an extreme :  positively quite sure —often used as an intensifier with a quite a swell guy quite a beauty

  3. 3 :  to a considerable extent :  rather quite near

quite a bit

  1. :  a considerable amount

quite a few

  1. :  many

Using plenty as an Adverb

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

  1. He felt that the world he had loved had quite gone. —Edmund Wilson, New York Times Book Review, 20 July 1986

  2. 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

  3. Irene Franey, a little older than I, was quite a beauty —John O'Hara, letter, 30 Dec. 1963

  4. In my opinion, my work … ain't quite good enough … —William Faulkner, in Faulkner in the University, (1959) 1977

  5. Are you quite finished? Not quite.

  6. I am quite capable of doing it myself, thank you.

  7. They assured me that I was quite mistaken.

  8. We hadn't quite made up our minds.

  9. She's quite right, you know.

  10. I quite forgot your birthday.

  11. No one realized quite what was happening.

  12. Quite why he left is unclear.

  13. That is not quite what I said.

Origin and Etymology of quite

Middle English, from quite, adjective, quit


First Known Use: 14th century



QUITE Defined for English Language Learners

quite

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adverb \ˈkwīt\

Definition of quite for English Language Learners

  • : to a very noticeable degree or extent

  • : completely or entirely

  • : exactly or precisely


QUITE Defined for Kids

quite

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adverb \ˈkwīt\

Definition of quite for Students

  1. 1 :  beyond question or doubt :  completely I was quite alone. Are you quite sure?

  2. 2 :  to a considerable extent That's quite interesting. We're quite near.



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