Definition of quite in English:

quite

adverb

  • 1usually as submodifier To the utmost or most absolute extent or degree; absolutely; completely.

    ‘it's quite out of the question’
    ‘are you quite certain about this?’
    ‘this is quite a different problem’
    ‘I quite agree’
    ‘quite frankly, I don't blame you’
    • ‘Here the facts are quite complex and quite different from the residential construction cases.’
    • ‘Frankly, I could quite happily live the rest of my life never having to contend with that experience again.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, to suggest that Old English as a written language was ever quite dead and buried would be misleading.’
    • ‘I've had quite enough of you and your stories.’
    • ‘She had black hair and an olive complexion, and was quite different from my mother.’
    • ‘Another problem is that some companies sub-contract work to firms which, quite frankly, are not up to the job.’
    • ‘I think there are all sorts of practical reasons, quite separate from the ethics, as to why you might want to take prisoners.’
    • ‘These people have absolutely no power in it and quite frankly I think it's a waste of time.’
    • ‘While I quite agree about the need for condemnation, he has missed an important point.’
    • ‘Even though the samples are all fairly small it's quite amazing to be able to see all that.’
    • ‘His brothers could never quite agree on his ransom price, so Ferdinand withered away in captivity.’
    • ‘Thanks for making this point, which I quite agree with, but which was left out of my original answer for lack of space.’
    • ‘As one can imagine, such a tremendous impact is quite devastating on the human body.’
    • ‘He is one of the richest characters in the whole of the Wodehouse creation, absolutely rounded and quite without flaw.’
    • ‘Speaking of levels of ignorance, I quite agree with Mick Hartley's letter.’
    • ‘I propose that this pharaoh is not Nefertiti, but quite a different person altogether.’
    • ‘Neither of them could ever quite figure out how they had survived growing up with her.’
    • ‘The loss of drums and effects doesn't come at the cost of intensity; quite the reverse.’
    • ‘For someone to do it at such a young age is quite extraordinary.’
    • ‘Well, my road has traffic calming measures and quite frankly they make little or no difference.’
    completely, fully, entirely, totally, wholly, absolutely, utterly, outright, thoroughly, altogether, in every respect, in all respects, without reservation, without exception
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    1. 1.1US Very; really (used as an intensifier)
      ‘‘You've no intention of coming back?’ ‘I'm quite sorry, but no, I have not.’’
      • ‘The shadow effects and lighting are quite intense here, and it did put a burden on the card.’
      • ‘As it crumpled to the floor, Dawn kicked and kicked and kicked it until it was quite dead.’
      • ‘She had never been lectured before by a teacher and the feeling was quite frightening.’
      • ‘We all know how dangerous a hot car can be for an animal - the risk of death is quite real.’
      • ‘It was quite frightening to walk down a long hallway without knowing what to expect.’
      • ‘Rocky was quite powerful and determined, but he was also crude and not hard to hit.’
      • ‘Rachel is going to stay with her brother for a few days which I think is quite positive.’
      • ‘Most of the music is very beat heavy and I feel it adds to the overall intensity of the game quite well.’
      • ‘We may then find ourselves quite fearful that nothing of value will live on after us.’
      • ‘It is often quite beneficial to decide on a school first and then look for housing after.’
      • ‘To see all that space was really quite frightening and wonderful all at the same time.’
      • ‘That is why we took quite seriously these particular clauses with regard to biosecurity, and we do so now.’
      very, extremely, really, exceedingly, immensely, thoroughly, decidedly, terribly, frightfully, dreadfully, fearfully, exceptionally, uncommonly, remarkably, eminently, extraordinarily, most, positively, particularly
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    2. 1.2West Indian All the way.
      ‘dresses quite from Port of Spain’
  • 2usually as submodifier To a certain or fairly significant extent or degree; fairly.

    ‘it's quite warm outside’
    ‘he's quite an attractive man’
    • ‘Yes, she agreed, they're quite useful for removing spiders and emptying bins.’
    • ‘Then we stood there and did absolutely nothing for quite a while.’
    • ‘I'm quite pleased with the positive picture reaction, from here and other places.’
    • ‘It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.’
    • ‘I am going to bed quite soon, but I have lots of things to blog about over the next few days.’
    • ‘It was a strange match in many ways, but we were both quite serious people and I was interested in the theatre, which was his life.’
    • ‘He was quite attractive actually, dark hair, green mysterious eyes and tall.’
    • ‘It is quite warm outside under the canopy as well, with a very effective heater thoughtfully placed there.’
    • ‘But claiming that one of these ought to be forbidden under the law is absolutely absurd and quite dangerous.’
    • ‘One feels quite sorry for our politicians and their wives that they have to suffer all this nonsense in their busy lives.’
    • ‘I'm pleased to say that Dawn of the Dead is quite a good little movie to see.’
    • ‘Another reviewer described my blog in less warm but still quite pleasing terms.’
    • ‘In fact, it was such an amazing improvement that I was quite sorry to let it go!’
    • ‘We have invested quite a significant amount of money into the Scottish whisky industry.’
    • ‘The investment involved here is quite considerable and is absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘My sisters and I took windsurfing quite seriously: we had an immense board that took all three of us to carry it.’
    • ‘Whilst I am retaining my sense of humour at the moment, I feel I may lose it quite soon.’
    • ‘That's why our training schedule is quite intense already, and it will be even harder towards the time of the race.’
    • ‘Clearly these three companies have dragged down our overall return by a factor of two, which is quite significant.’
    • ‘Observing Alice with his own eyes he was relieved to see she was actually quite pretty.’
    • ‘In his neck two of his vertebrae seemed to be fused together and in quite a sorry state.’
    fairly, rather, somewhat, a bit, a little, slightly, relatively, comparatively, moderately, after a fashion, reasonably, to some degree, to some extent, to a certain extent
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exclamation

  • Expressing agreement with or understanding of a remark or statement.

    ‘‘I don't want to talk about that now.’ ‘Quite’’
    • ‘‘They don't really have any choice.’ ‘Quite so, but that's not exactly a democratic attitude, is it?’’
    • ‘His most recent album is best described by Albini himself: ‘Nick Drake fronting Black Sabbath, if Black Sabbath played only the good parts of their songs’. Quite!’
    • ‘‘Lovely evening, isn't it?’ ‘Quite,’ he replied.’
    precisely, yes, right, that's right, just so, quite so, quite, indeed, absolutely, truly, certainly, definitely, assuredly, undoubtedly, indubitably, without a doubt
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Phrases

  • not quite

    • Not completely or entirely.

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

    • 1dated Not well, healthy, or normal.

      ‘I'm afraid Oliver isn't feeling quite the thing this morning’
      1. 1.1Socially unacceptable.
        ‘it wouldn't be quite the thing to turn up in a raincoat and wellies’
  • quite a —

    • Used to indicate that the specified person or thing is perceived as particularly notable, remarkable, or impressive.

      ‘quite a party, isn't it?’
      ‘quite the little horsewoman, aren't you?’
      • ‘There was quite the little gong show to prep for the party.’
      • ‘‘My parents are quite the eccentrics; they let me do whatever I want,’ she says.’
      • ‘Perhaps the best part of my visit was visiting my great aunt and uncle, who were both quite the pioneers back in their day.’
      • ‘Dori's got quite the little set-up there, by the way.’
      • ‘Now, he's quite a character in this book, and obviously was quite a character in real life, as we say.’
      • ‘He is quite the ladies' man, always chasing the girls.’
      • ‘So anyway, I know you're quite the ladies' man.’
      • ‘They were simply awesome, quite the masters of the situation.’
      • ‘Sure, it wasn't quite the indulgences of our 20's.’
      • ‘Oh, we're quite the horticultural socialites these days, I think you'll find.’
  • quite a lot (or a bit)

    • A considerable number or amount of something.

      ‘my job involves quite a lot of travel’
      ‘he's quite a bit older than she is’
      • ‘There were quite a lot of them, so they were cheap, but they were obviously hand-made.’
      • ‘In some cases it took quite a lot of persuasion because there is such a lack of trust.’
      • ‘We like to relax so we also spent quite a lot of our time on the hotel beach and in the swimming pool.’
      • ‘I also got lots of phone calls and quite a lot of people asking for jobs there.’
      • ‘It took ten times the amount of energy and quite a bit of time to learn even the basics.’
      • ‘I spend quite a lot of my time sitting at my computer, but I almost never think about how it works.’
      • ‘I've seen quite a lot of him recently because of his contacts in the music world.’
      • ‘She may not call herself an actress but, in a short time, has learned quite a lot about the business.’
      • ‘There were quite a lot of young adults in their late teens as well as children buying.’
      • ‘Over the past few days I have done quite a lot of press, radio and little bits of television as well.’
  • quite some

    • 1A considerable amount of.

      ‘she hasn't been seen for quite some time’
      • ‘It caused quite some considerable difficulty during the previous separation.’
      • ‘I, like most other members of this House, reject their politics and have done so for quite some time.’
      • ‘Therefore, homes in the West have been fully wired up quite some time back.’
      • ‘Stored this way, fish from the tropics will last quite some considerable time in cold storage, at least five days.’
      • ‘I'm anxious to be finished here, as my heart has not been in this job for quite some time now.’
      • ‘For quite some time this nursery has not produced any Horticulture saplings for issue to the farmers.’
      • ‘I have listened to you and you have gone to quite some considerable length to make the same point twice.’
      • ‘Indeed much of the public reading of the party and its intentions has been seriously off beam for quite some time now.’
      • ‘She just turned six a couple of weeks ago and most of the children in her grade have been six for quite some time.’
    • 2Used to indicate that the specified person or thing is perceived as particularly notable, remarkable, or impressive.

      ‘Old Darlington was quite some place to live in’
      • ‘Adding the chapter would have been quite some way of getting back at the bad guys.’
      • ‘When you think back through the past 20 years, that is quite some statement.’
      • ‘Given the group's notoriously bitter and protracted split a decade ago, this was quite some achievement.’
      • ‘The station is quite some distance away, but the screeching sound of the engine reaches this far.’

Origin

Middle English: from the obsolete adjective quite, variant of quit.

Pronunciation

quite

/kwʌɪt/