• WordNet 3.6
    • v quit give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat "In the second round, the challenger gave up"
    • v quit go away or leave
    • v quit turn away from; give up "I am foreswearing women forever"
    • v quit give up or retire from a position "The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month","The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"
    • v quit put an end to a state or an activity "Quit teasing your little brother"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Quite Impossible Quite Impossible
I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em I see dozens of folks weepin' quite hard before some on 'em
Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy Og, riding gaily on the unicorn behind the Ark, was quite happy
Double Or Quit Double Or Quit
When you quit the trail for a day's rest When you quit the trail for a day's rest

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Three years after a person quits smoking, there chance of having a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked before
    • n Quit kwĭt (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native of tropical America. See Banana quit, under Banana, and Guitguit.
    • a Quit kwĭt Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear; absolved; acquitted.☞ This word is sometimes used in the form quits, colloquially; as, to be quits with one, that is, to have made mutual satisfaction of demands with him; to be even with him; hence, as an exclamation: Quits! we are even, or on equal terms. “To cry quits with the commons in their complaints.” "The owner of the ox shall be quit ."
    • Quit To carry through; to go through to the end. "Never worthy prince a day did quit With greater hazard and with more renown."
    • Quit To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay. "The blissful martyr quyte you your meed.""Enkindle all the sparks of nature
      To quit this horrid act."
      "Before that judge that quits each soul his hire."
    • v. i Quit To go away; to depart; to stop doing a thing; to cease.
    • Quit To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting. "Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth for appearance.""Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it?"
    • Quit To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively. "Be strong, and quit yourselves like men.""Samson hath quit himself
      Like Samson."
    • Quit To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the like; to absolve; to acquit. "There may no gold them quyte .""God will relent, and quit thee all his debt."
    • Quit To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. "To quit you of this fear, you have already looked Death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The cartoon character Popeye was actually based on a real person named Frank "Rocky" Fiegel who was a tough guy who was quite similar to Popeye physically
    • quit Discharged or released from a debt, penalty, or obligation; on even terms; absolved; free; clear.
    • quit To satisfy, as a claim or debt; discharge, as an obligation or duty; make payment for or of; pay; repay; requite.
    • quit To set free; release; absolve; acquit; exonerate.
    • quit To free, as from something harmful or oppressing; relieve; clear; liberate: with of.
    • quit To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; conduct; acquit: used reflexively.
    • quit To complete; spend: said of time.
    • quit To depart from; go away from; leave.
    • quit To resign; give up; let go.
    • quit To forsake; abandon.
    • quit In archery, to discharge; shoot.
    • quit To extract; get rid of.
    • quit To remove by force.
    • quit To cease; stop; give over.
    • quit Synonyms and Desert, Abandon, etc. See forsake.
    • n quit Same as queet.
    • n quit The popular name of numerous small birds of Jamaica, belonging to different genera and families. Banana-quits are species of Certhiola, as C. flaveola; grass-quits are various small sparrow-like birds, as Spermophila olivacea; the blue quit is a tanager, Euphonia jamaica; the orange quit is another tanager, Tanagrella ruficollis.
    • n quit A term introduced by Professor H. A. Newton to denote the point on the celestial sphere from which the motion of a body is at any moment directed: thus, the earth's quit is always a point on the ecliptic about 90° east of the sun. The quit is opposite to the goal. See goal, 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Greyhounds are not hyper and do not need constant exercise; they are quite happy occupying space on a couch.
    • v.t Quit kwit to pay, requite: to release from obligation, accusation, &c.: to acquit: to depart from: to give up: to clear by full performance: :
    • pr.p Quit quit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. quit′ted
    • adj Quit (B.) set free: acquitted: released from obligation
    • v.t Quit to relinquish claim or title to
    • v.t Quit (obs.) to repay
    • v.t Quit kwit (Spens.) to remove by force
    • v.t Quit kwit (coll.) to give over, cease
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “All art is quite useless.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Charm is the ability to make someone think that both of you are quite wonderful.”
  • Hugh Hamilton
    Hugh Hamilton
    “I never think he is quite ready for another world who is altogether weary of this.”
  • Proverb
    “Quit not certainty for hope.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Doing nothing is the most tiresome job in the world because you cannot quit and rest.”
  • Mike Ditka
    Mike Ditka
    “You're never a loser until you quit trying.”


Quitters never win; winners never quit - If you quit you will never get what you want, but if you keep trying you will find a way to get what you want. ('Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots' is a variation accredited to Larry Kersten)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. quiten, OF. quiter, quitier, cuitier, F. quitter, to acquit, quit, LL. quietare, fr. L. quietare, to calm, to quiet, fr. quietus, quiet. See Quiet (a.), and cf. Quit (a.) Quite Acquit Requite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. quiter (Fr. quitter)—Low L. quietāre, to pay—L. quietāre, to make quiet—quietus, quiet.


In literature:

She seemed to have become quite silent; but her eyes spoke, and that was quite enough for Rudy.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It fell to Sproatly, who didn't seem quite pleased, but he got as far as firing the chairs and tables out into the snow.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
And here she was with the same suspicions, quite, quite independent of the Major.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
I think people that don't set up for being quite such great things get along quite as well in the world.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
He was getting quite tired of the confinement.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
From this brief conversation it may be seen that none of the elders quite approved of this budding affection.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
I am quite ready and quite willing to go wherever you please.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Now if you have any regard for the little child do not let us quite dismember her after the fashion of Solomon's judgment.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Do you think her eyes were set quite straight in her head, Florence?
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
He was only eighteen, but he was quite capable of doing everything his father had done.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In poetry:

Thou breathest in my bosom yet,
And dwellest in my beating heart;
And, while I cannot quite forget,
Thou, darling, canst not quite depart.
"Severed and gone" by Anne Bronte
With both her hands she tugs away,
While scolding at me kind o' spiteful;
You'll not believe me when I say
I find the torture quite delightful!
"Beard And Baby" by Eugene Field
And dare to hope that Tie will make
The rugged smooth, the doubtful plain;
His mercy never quite forsake;
His healing visit every realm of pain;
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
At night when reddest flowers are black
Those who once sat thereon come back;
Quite a row of them sitting there,
Quite a row of them sitting there.
"The Garden Seat" by Thomas Hardy
Cold steel is very cooling to the fervour
Of over passionate ones, Beloved, like you.
Nay, turn your lips to mine. Not quite unlovely
They are as yet, as yet, though quite untrue.
"Afridi Love" by Laurence Hope
I'll quit, says one, my darling vices quite,
And end my follies with the present year —
But, what says christ? "Suppose this very night,
The fiends thy soul shou'd to hell-torments bear!"
"The Pastor's Complaint" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Not the more common "one of the most," but the quite unequivocal "the most".
Nothing frames the night sky quite like the patio of the Black Forest .
It's official: John Aielli is quite taken by the lovely sounds of Wild Child.
You have only to look around your shopping mall (or your desk) to realize it hasn't quite worked out that way.
The talkies had been around for six years, but the movies had never seen a motor-mouthed monster quite like Lee Tracy when he exploded on the scene in 1932.
Budget ' bloat ' not quite what has been reported.
Executives and producers complain publicly about star salaries and costs, but keep shelling out lavish sums on films that often never quite pay off.
GOP's Davis Urges Bloch to Quit Special Counsel's Office.
Two news co-anchors on a Maine television station quit on the air at the end of their newscasts.
News co-anchors quit on air.
Otis was quite the star on the streets, where I didn't see any other bloodhounds .
Jack White has had quite the career.
So, six out of 10 of you docs want to quit.
This reader is not quite ready to go there - not just yet.
It's been quite a turnaround.

In science:

The construction of gravity solutions describing RG flows is quite general.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Quite rich underlying finite dimensional geometry is analy sed in section 6.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
The stellarity index match for ob jects detected in multiple bands was quite good.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
By choosing a system of coordinates linked with ˆk′ , it can be proved quite generally that Z dˆkF (ˆk, ˆk′ , ˆB) ˆk =< cos θ > ˆk′ − A1 ˆB × ˆk′ .
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
This is quite similar to the proof of Lemma 5.3.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator