\ ˈkwit How to pronounce quit (audio) \
quit also quitted; quitting

Definition of quit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : give up sense 1 quit a job
b : give up sense 2 quit smoking
c : to depart from or out of
d : to leave the company of
2 : to make full payment of : pay up quit a debt
3 : to set free : relieve, release quit oneself of fear
4 : conduct, acquit the youths quit themselves like men

intransitive verb

1 : to give up employment
2 : to cease normal, expected, or necessary action the engine quit
3 : to admit defeat : give up

Definition of quit (Entry 2 of 3)

: released from obligation, charge, or penalty especially : free



Definition of quit (Entry 3 of 3)

: the act or an instance of quitting a job

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Synonyms & Antonyms for quit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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stop, cease, quit, discontinue, desist mean to suspend or cause to suspend activity. stop applies to action or progress or to what is operating or progressing and may imply suddenness or definiteness. stopped at the red light cease applies to states, conditions, or existence and may add a suggestion of gradualness and a degree of finality. by nightfall the fighting had ceased quit may stress either finality or abruptness in stopping or ceasing. the engine faltered, sputtered, then quit altogether discontinue applies to the stopping of an accustomed activity or practice. we have discontinued the manufacture of that item desist implies forbearance or restraint as a motive for stopping or ceasing. desisted from further efforts to persuade them

Is it quit or resign?


Should you quit or should you resign from your job? No matter which one you choose, it is likely that both of these actions will have the exact same effect on your future, as they are, in this sense, fairly synonymous. However, each is more likely to be found used in specific settings, so you may wish to choose your word with care. Resign is more formal, and will often be found when a person is describing relinquishing a position or office, especially if it is done in disgrace. While it would not be incorrect to say that a member of an organization's board, a king or queen, or a political leader "quit their position," it is more likely that the word resign would be employed.

Examples of quit in a Sentence

Verb She quit college after one semester. She decided to quit show business. He quit teaching after five years. Many workers are quitting because of poor pay. She hates her job and she's thinking about quitting. She quit smoking years ago. I wish you would quit bothering her. We're going to quit for the day. It's too hot to keep working. Adjective I am finally quit of that terrible task.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here's her latest column, about having her fourth grade daughter quit distance learning before the school year ended. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 27 May 2020 The choice now isn’t necessarily between quitting your job or keeping it; your job may be eliminated anyway. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "An economist’s rule for making tough life decisions," 21 May 2020 The top three reasons for delays beyond 21 days: issues regarding deductible income, employment status or concerns over an employee voluntarily quitting a job, Commissioner Fred Payne explained on Friday. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'I'm not getting by': Frustrated Indiana residents wait weeks for unemployment payments," 17 May 2020 Those who smoked marijuana heavily as adolescents and later quit never fully returned to the baseline. Godfrey Pearlson, Scientific American, "Marijuana May Not Lower Your IQ," 7 May 2020 One last turkey-killing nugget: Don’t quit too soon. Jim Spencer, Outdoor Life, "Float a River to Find a Turkey Hunting Hotspot," 4 May 2020 Tahir had quit her job as a teacher early last year at an Indian school in Dubai and returned to the Valley for good. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "Kashmir’s internet gag has sparked a major exodus of businesses and students," 17 Feb. 2020 Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Mma Junkie Staff, MMA Junkie, "Conor McGregor wants Stephen A. Smith to apologize to Joe Rogan, Donald Cerrone," 26 Jan. 2020 And other researchers have studied the relationship between posthypnotic suggestion—the kinds of instructions given to people who seek hypnosis to quit smoking, for example, or to help soothe a troubling phobia—and ways to induce lucid dreams. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Would You Wear This Glove to Hack Your Dreams?," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, in 1984 the church banned homosexual acts among clergy, essentially forcing LGBTQ ministers to either become celibate or quit. Scott T. Vehstedt, The Conversation, "Gay rights dispute is pulling apart the United Methodist Church, after decades of argument," 27 Jan. 2020 The mother signed a quit claim to give her son the house anyway and died shortly afterward. Liz Weston, Dallas News, "Liz Weston: Don’t give your house to your adult kids," 4 Apr. 2020 The investor discovered the fraudulent quit-claim deed transferred ownership from Horizon Trust. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Man used fake ID in attempt to sell Cleveland home obtained through forged documents, records say," 11 Feb. 2020 The hospital had to rebuild the program nearly from scratch when five cardiologists and a transplant surgeon quit, and the state’s only heart transplant program was put on hold in August 2018. oregonlive, "OHSU Hospital performs Oregon’s first heart transplant in two years," 10 Apr. 2020 Will grocery-store employees and hospital administrative staff quit en masse, preferring four months of tax-free income to working under potentially hazardous conditions? Samuel Hammond, National Review, "Will Pandemic Jobless Benefits Make Recovery Harder?," 2 Apr. 2020 For someone who is newly sober, or for the person who has been trying to cut back or quit drinking, this can be especially difficult and triggering. Carly Benson, SELF, "How to Stay Sober in a Literal Pandemic," 30 Mar. 2020 This texting program allows users to set a quit date and receive encouraging messages in the subsequent month. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "E-cigarette users find themselves seeking help to quit," 8 July 2019 The other quit after learning through a coworker about the positive case. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Amazon Workers Face High Risks and Few Options," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of quit


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


13th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quit


Middle English quiten, quitten, from Anglo-French quiter, from quite free of, released, from Latin quietus quiet, at rest


Middle English quite, quit, from Anglo-French

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31 May 2020

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“Quit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quit. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quit

informal : to leave (a job, school, career, etc.)
chiefly US, informal : to stop doing (an action or activity)
informal : to stop working


\ ˈkwit How to pronounce quit (audio) \
quit; quitting

Kids Definition of quit

: to leave or stop doing something quit a job quit smoking

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