Definition of not quite in English:

not quite


  • Not completely or entirely.

    ‘my hair's not quite dry’
    ‘she hasn't quite got the hang of it yet’
    • ‘We are not leaving the team as it is because it is pretty obvious it's not quite up to scratch.’
    • ‘It's not quite leaping a tall building in a single bound, but it's the next best thing.’
    • ‘Much about it is not quite up to standard but there are other parts in which it shines.’
    • ‘I quite like these composers, but not quite as much I want to like them, if you get me.’
    • ‘His characters inhabit a society that is not quite ours, but which is familiar all the same.’
    • ‘Fred declared this dish to be good, still, but not quite as good as he remembered from before.’
    • ‘Could you help us here, because we are not quite clear as to where the boundaries should be drawn.’
    • ‘It was one of those mornings when you half wake up but not quite all the way.’
    • ‘It is a work in progress and it is not quite there yet, but it is getting better.’
    • ‘If it has not quite been able to reach its goal, it does not seem to be from lack of effort.’