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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 aquite a swell guyquite a beauty
3 : to a considerable extent : rather quite near
quite a bit
: a considerable amount
quite a few

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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 Dual speakers inside create an incredibly wide sound stage and it's mixed quite well. CNN Underscored, "The best Cyber Monday deals to shop on Amazon," 2 Dec. 2019 Ricky Rodriguez, the 10-year-old San Antonio boy who traveled to Malaysia to compete in a worldwide youth Scrabble tournament, didn’t finish first, but did quite well. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "V-I-C-T-O-R-Y seven times for young San Antonio Scrabble player," 2 Dec. 2019 To say that Coldplay is simply adopting cultures that aren’t its own wouldn’t be quite right (this time). Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Coldplay Would Like to Save the World With Vagueness," 26 Nov. 2019 The Green Terror’s roster includes six seniors and six sophomores to go with three freshmen, and the rookies are fitting in quite well. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Women’s Basketball: Klingenberg sisters back on court together as teammates at McDaniel," 24 Nov. 2019 However, a source for Deadline claims that Netflix's statement isn't quite right. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Imelda Staunton May (Or May Not) Play Queen Elizabeth in The Crown Seasons Five and Six," 22 Nov. 2019 If the details aren’t quite right, Yang’s larger point stands. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency vied for advantage Wednesday night in a debate just over two months before the primary voting begins.," 21 Nov. 2019 Lloyd barks at his editor (the journalism in the movie never feels quite right). Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' gives us Mr. Rogers as a superhero therapist," 18 Nov. 2019 Shaken by flashbacks and nightmares of that horrific event, Siddiq had never been quite right since that tragedy — attempting to tend to his duties as doctor while also tending to his own PTSD and mental health. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Avi Nash of The Walking Dead reacts to that Siddiq shocker," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of quite was in the 14th century

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Quite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quite. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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How to pronounce quite (audio)

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


\ 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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