\ 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

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 Other Wisconsin lawyers were initially hired but quit over Wood's role in the case. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2021 Federal data show more U.S. workers — 4.4 million — quit their jobs in September than in any month on record. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 As for economic consequences and quitting workers, United Airlines and Tyson Foods, which started vaccine mandates for employees months ago, report that fewer than five percent have quit. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 The behavior led some women to take extended leaves of absence, and others to quit altogether. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Morning Consult, a survey research company, says that 18 percent of health-care workers have quit since the pandemic began, while 12 percent have been laid off. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2021 That was a fluke result against a flu-riddled team that had quit on the season. Christopher Smith, al, 16 Nov. 2021 The Labor Department reported that a record 4.4 million American workers quit their jobs in September. Chris Isidore, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 Recalling how their mother, Oracene Price, was the backbone of the family early on in the siblings' tennis careers, Serena tells Smith about the time their father quit his job to solely focus on being a coach. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Workers have been leaving in droves, with the quit rate for accommodation and food services hitting 6.6% in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -— more than double the overall 3% average. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 21 Nov. 2021 The industries with the highest quit rates in September included the arts, entertainment, and recreation, as well as state and local government education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 12 Nov. 2021 The industries with the highest quit rates in September included the arts, entertainment and recreation, as well as state and local government education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 12 Nov. 2021 River Valley has no quit, especially senior running back Zach Hammett, who wills his way into the end zone. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 The quit rates, and the number of quits, increased month-over-month in 14 states, including Kentucky. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 26 Oct. 2021 The starting quarterback quit, but the new starting quarterback has been a nonstop rush of fresh air. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 The nationwide quit rate increased to 2.9% of the workforce. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Across all industries, the quit rate was 2.9% for August 2021, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aram Lulla, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021

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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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“Quit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quit. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quit

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