Main definitions of quit in English

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verb

  • 1with object Leave (a place), usually permanently.

    ‘he was ordered to quit the cabin immediately’
    • ‘He said he would take first watch and quit his place near the fire.’
    • ‘In a half an hour, I quit this place, slip into the ocean, and hassle the local aquatic life with my snorkel and my submersible camera.’
    • ‘A one-time ardent fan of Bangalore, he now wants to quit the city.’
    • ‘Stores and offices are already quitting the area where widescale demolition is due to take place to make way for the planned shopping scheme.’
    • ‘A firm employing 50 workers in Witham is quitting the town.’
    • ‘Industry has quit our city centres, the air in them is cleaner and high-density urban living is officially good again.’
    • ‘Like them, I desired to quit the place of my raising.’
    • ‘It is the latest in a line of small independent traders to quit the town.’
    • ‘Abdul barks orders, and they quit base camp hastily.’
    • ‘Several industrial estate businesses have threatened to quit the town if the site goes ahead.’
    • ‘The villagers told them to quit the place immediately.’
    • ‘He fears that other quality stores will quit the city if its continues to allow more discount stores to trade.’
    • ‘A report has revealed that around half of people suffering from serious stress who quit towns and cities for a rural idyll end up more miserable than before.’
    • ‘A judge has ordered the 30 caravans to quit the county council-owned land near Southampton by Friday.’
    • ‘A pensioner who has lived in Bolton all her life has quit the town vowing never to return after being plagued by thieves.’
    • ‘But yesterday the group announced it was quitting the site following huge opposition from local residents.’
    • ‘Since the town council announced they would be quitting the civic centre, fears have been growing that the City Council will sell the building.’
    • ‘The same month, a beauty salon owner quit the street after 13 years, saying she no longer felt safe.’
    • ‘The High Court ordered that the gypsies must quit the site and that order was stayed to allow the planning process to be used to agree or deny use of this piece of farmland for development.’
    • ‘Earlier this week a judge at Southampton County Court ordered that the travellers should quit the site by yesterday.’
    leave, go away from, depart from, vacate, evacuate, move out of, exit from, withdraw from, abandon, desert
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    1. 1.1informal Resign from (a job)
      ‘she quit her job in a pizza restaurant’
      no object ‘he quit as manager of struggling Third Division City’
      • ‘I quit my nine-to-five job and became a professional photographer.’
      • ‘For most workers, quitting a job to take up a better offer doesn't generally require a public explanation.’
      • ‘Shortly after their marriage, Billy came home and told her that he was quitting his job.’
      • ‘He quit his job, packed up his possessions, bought a racing bike and moved out West.’
      • ‘She would like to start a family in the next year or two and says her husband talks about quitting his job as a driver with a German company to look after the baby, especially if her job pays more than his.’
      • ‘I'm quitting the job at the airport at the end of this week.’
      • ‘At 24, I had quit my job, packed up everything I owned into the back of my Volkswagen, and moved 1000 miles away for no good reason.’
      • ‘In the past, such altruistic new boys have often made little contribution in Parliament and have usually quit after a couple of terms.’
      • ‘As a result of the settlement many former strikers took early retirement or quit their jobs.’
      • ‘The father-of-three had set himself up in business as a first aid trainer after quitting his job as a college lecturer.’
      • ‘I always knew that I'd find something better to do after quitting my job.’
      • ‘I eventually quit the job a year later, packed up my bags and my son and ran away from it all to start all over again.’
      • ‘One of the oft-asked questions about this actor is why he does not quit his job as college lecturer and devote himself full-time to films.’
      • ‘Only four out of 1,000 employees who quit jobs last year retired due to their age, according to the Ministry of Labor.’
      • ‘He e-mailed me saying he was quitting the job and going back east, admitting that I had been right.’
      • ‘That same week she found an apartment in Erie, quit her job, packed her things and moved to Pennsylvania.’
      • ‘All three quit of their own volition, which probably eased the transition.’
      • ‘I quit my job as president of a manufacturing company when I turned 58.’
      • ‘A single mum is quitting her job and going back on benefits so she can afford to raise her two-year-old son.’
      resign, resign from, leave, hand in one's notice, give notice, stand down, stand down from, give up, bow out, relinquish, depart from, vacate, walk out, walk out on, retire, retire from, abdicate
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    2. 1.2North American informal Stop or discontinue (an action or activity)
      ‘quit moaning!’
      ‘I want to quit smoking’
      • ‘I couldn't watch the news and I quit reading newspapers and magazines.’
      • ‘Since he quit Labour in 1997 he has been working in public relations and will take a significant cut in income to take up the new job.’
      • ‘In order to care for the patient, most families had to quit other activities.’
      • ‘Many of the individuals who took out loans defaulted on them or quit their projects.’
      • ‘Sylvia had a hard life, but never quit speaking out about what she believed, and she'll be sorely missed.’
      • ‘I hate having to quit a project, leaving it unfinished.’
      • ‘His mother and teacher had visions of a life as a concert musician, but Harry quit lessons at age 15.’
      • ‘This is why I quit drinking - I tried to cut back, and couldn't.’
      • ‘Many people who stopped smoking didn't quit the first time, but they didn't stop trying.’
      • ‘So hooray for that and quit fussing over growing older.’
      • ‘And he used to say, if you find yourself in a ditch, quit digging.’
      • ‘But one team member has since quit the project, taking half of the money.’
      • ‘She quit her teaching assignment in a school to become a professional singer.’
      • ‘Why do you quit your routine when you begin to make progress?’
      • ‘If you're still trying to quit the hard way - whether it's cold turkey, or with gum, patches or inhalers - maybe it's time to try something new.’
      • ‘Dan has been living on the street for ten months now, after he quit a rehabilitation project for ex-prisoners.’
      • ‘But the second sister made the greatest personal sacrifice for the family, for she quit her studies to make money in order that her siblings can study.’
      • ‘I quit dancing three years ago because my ‘friends’ made fun of me during ballet class.’
      • ‘The farmers soon quit producing, and cocoa exports dropped from 19 percent of gross domestic product to 3 percent.’
      • ‘Analysis of the data indicated that in the first year, the children who scored in the bottom half in sight reading and playing by ear were much more likely to quit lessons.’
      give up, stop, finish, cease, discontinue, not continue, drop, leave off, break off, abandon, abstain from, renounce, desist, desist from, refrain, refrain from, eschew, forbear from, avoid, forgo, do without
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  • 2quit oneselfarchaic with adverbial Behave in a specified way.

    ‘quit yourselves like men, and fight’

adjective

quit of
  • predicative Rid of.

    ‘I want to be quit of him’

Phrases

  • quit hold of

    • archaic Let go of.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘set free’): from Old French quiter (verb), quite (adjective), from Latin quietus, past participle of quiescere ‘be still’, from quies ‘quiet’.

Pronunciation

quit

/kwɪt//kwit/

Main definitions of quit in English

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quit2

noun

  • in combination Used in names of various small songbirds found in the Caribbean area, e.g. bananaquit, grassquit.

    • ‘Each time the Grassquit sings, it jumps straight into the air and opens its wings to reveal white patches.’
    • ‘The Grassquit resides in small flocks and likes to use empty bananaquit nests for roosting at night.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: probably imitative.

Pronunciation

quit

/kwɪt//kwit/