quit

verb
\ 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

quit

adjective

Definition of quit (Entry 2 of 3)

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

quit

noun

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

bag, chuck, leave, resign (from), retire (from), step aside (from), step down (from)

Synonyms: Adjective

disencumbered, free, shut (of), unburdened

Antonyms: Verb

stay (at)

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Verb

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?

Adjective

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

These women made the benefits of quitting drinking sound awesome. Laura Anderson, Glamour, "Quitting Drinking Didn’t Make All My Dreams Come True," 15 May 2019 Employee morale is down, calls for quitting Facebook are growing louder, and the founders of two of its most popular products — WhatsApp and Instagram — have resigned. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 That change was a recognition that many pregnant women with a history of drug abuse take prescribed opioids — methadone or buprenorphine — to manage their cravings, prevent withdrawal, and avoid the miscarriage risk of quitting opioids cold turkey. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Pa. law aims to protect newborns of moms in opioid addiction," 29 June 2018 Not just from quitting the Cedar Hill football team at the age of 15 to focus on boxing. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "The dream goes on: IBF champ Errol Spence Jr. plans to dazzle at home at the Ford Center," 15 June 2018 These included Diderot’s initial co-editor Jean le Rond d’Alembert, a brilliant scientist who quit in a huff early on, Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu and an erudite nobleman named Louis de Jaucourt, who wrote more than 17,000 entries. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 The novel’s comfortably liberal protagonist is Phoebe, a former New York Times writer who quit the paper in protest after its infamous post-election summit with Trump. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jonathan Lethem’s Feral Detective is a mess. But it’s a fun mess.," 27 Nov. 2018 Unhappy spouses lead to unhappy service members who eventually will quit. Fox News, "Karen Pence wants to help ease burden for military spouses," 13 Sep. 2018 Rachel Scott, who quit her Wall Street job as an executive at Deutsche Bank to move here for her husband’s job, was pleased to find a private school here with a Spanish immersion program that was only $6,500 per year. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "How young liberals' moves to Red America may temper political divides," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When 25% or more of extra-milers’ contacts start asking for more access to them, their quit rate soars to twice levels typical for managers in comparable jobs. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Downside of Carrying the Most Weight at Work," 29 Jan. 2019 Twitter launched an internal investigation into Mr. Kroll’s behavior after a star female Vine engineer quit, according to a former senior Twitter executive. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34.," 15 Feb. 2019 The retired Marine general quit in late December in protest of Trump’s policies. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "New Pentagon chief makes global debut with status uncertain," 11 Feb. 2019 One group received literature about the benefits of quitting along with positive encouragement to quit smoking (less than 1% of those quit for six months). Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Money Is the Best Motivator for People to Quit Smoking, New Study Finds," 25 May 2018 The rate of quits holding steady despite extremely low unemployment could suggest that American workers are growing a bit more cautious about the labor market at time when employers are moving ahead with hiring plans, Mr. Wright said. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Job Openings Push Further into Record Territory at End of 2018," 12 Feb. 2019 Interim coach Dave Sarachan took over when Bruce Arena quit and gave debuts to 23 players in 14 months. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Berhalter says US Soccer needs direction and development," 4 Dec. 2018 Those products could include e-cigarettes, though the FDA has not given any company permission to advertise its device as a quit-smoking aid. Fox News, "Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban," 13 Sep. 2018 Esperanza Longhi - who also taught second grade - quit in February. Anthony Faiola And Rachelle Krygier, chicagotribune.com, "A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electricians," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of quit

Verb

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

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quit

Verb

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

Adjective

Middle English quite, quit, from Anglo-French

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quit

verb

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

quit

verb
\ 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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