quite Meaning, Definition & Usage
adverb to a degree (not used with a negative)
- quite tasty
- quite soon
- quite ill
- quite rich
adverb to the greatest extent; completely
- you're quite right
- she was quite alone
- was quite mistaken
- quite the opposite
- not quite finished
- did not quite make it
adverb of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
quite an; quite a.
- her victory was quite something
- she's quite a girl
- quite a film
- quite a walk
- we've had quite an afternoon
adverb actually or truly or to an extreme
- was quite a sudden change
- it's quite the thing to do
- quite the rage
- Quite so!
Quite transitive verb & intransitive verb
SeeObs. Chaucer. Quit.
Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quitedone; the object is quiteaccomplished; to be quitemistaken.
Man shall not quite be lost, but saved who will. Milton.
The same actions may be aimed at different ends, and arise from quite contrary principles. Spectator.
To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably."Quite amusing." Macaulay.
He really looks quite concerned. Landor.
The island stretches along the land and is quite close to it. Jowett (Thucyd. ).
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