Definition of quite in US English:

quite

adverb

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

    ‘it's quite warm outside’
    ‘he's quite an attractive man’
    ‘I was quite embarrassed, actually’
    ‘she did quite well at school’
    • ‘Clearly these three companies have dragged down our overall return by a factor of two, which is quite significant.’
    • ‘It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.’
    • ‘Observing Alice with his own eyes he was relieved to see she was actually quite pretty.’
    • ‘One feels quite sorry for our politicians and their wives that they have to suffer all this nonsense in their busy lives.’
    • ‘That's why our training schedule is quite intense already, and it will be even harder towards the time of the race.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have invested quite a significant amount of money into the Scottish whisky industry.’
    • ‘Then we stood there and did absolutely nothing for quite a while.’
    • ‘My sisters and I took windsurfing quite seriously: we had an immense board that took all three of us to carry it.’
    • ‘He was quite attractive actually, dark hair, green mysterious eyes and tall.’
    • ‘The investment involved here is quite considerable and is absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘I'm quite pleased with the positive picture reaction, from here and other places.’
    • ‘It is quite warm outside under the canopy as well, with a very effective heater thoughtfully placed there.’
    • ‘In fact, it was such an amazing improvement that I was quite sorry to let it go!’
    • ‘Whilst I am retaining my sense of humour at the moment, I feel I may lose it quite soon.’
    • ‘Yes, she agreed, they're quite useful for removing spiders and emptying bins.’
    • ‘Another reviewer described my blog in less warm but still quite pleasing terms.’
    • ‘I'm pleased to say that Dawn of the Dead is quite a good little movie to see.’
    • ‘In his neck two of his vertebrae seemed to be fused together and in quite a sorry state.’
    • ‘I am going to bed quite soon, but I have lots of things to blog about over the next few days.’
    • ‘But claiming that one of these ought to be forbidden under the law is absolutely absurd and quite dangerous.’
    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.”’
    • ‘‘Lovely evening, isn't it?’ ‘Quite,’ he replied.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘‘They don't really have any choice.’ ‘Quite so, but that's not exactly a democratic attitude, is it?’’
    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 was one of those mornings when you half wake up but not quite all the way.’
      • ‘It's not quite leaping a tall building in a single bound, but it's the next best thing.’
      • ‘If it has not quite been able to reach its goal, it does not seem to be from lack of effort.’
      • ‘It is a work in progress and it is not quite there yet, but it is getting better.’
      • ‘Much about it is not quite up to standard but there are other parts in which it shines.’
      • ‘His characters inhabit a society that is not quite ours, but which is familiar all the same.’
      • ‘We are not leaving the team as it is because it is pretty obvious it's not quite up to scratch.’
      • ‘Fred declared this dish to be good, still, but not quite as good as he remembered from before.’
      • ‘I quite like these composers, but not quite as much I want to like them, if you get me.’
      • ‘Could you help us here, because we are not quite clear as to where the boundaries should be drawn.’
  • 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?’
      ‘it's been quite a year’
      • ‘So anyway, I know you're quite the ladies' man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps the best part of my visit was visiting my great aunt and uncle, who were both quite the pioneers back in their day.’
      • ‘‘My parents are quite the eccentrics; they let me do whatever I want,’ she says.’
      • ‘There was quite the little gong show to prep for the party.’
      • ‘He is quite the ladies' man, always chasing the girls.’
      • ‘They were simply awesome, quite the masters of the situation.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘I've seen quite a lot of him recently because of his contacts in the music world.’
      • ‘We like to relax so we also spent quite a lot of our time on the hotel beach and in the swimming pool.’
      • ‘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 them, so they were cheap, but they were obviously hand-made.’
      • ‘Over the past few days I have done quite a lot of press, radio and little bits of television as well.’
      • ‘There were quite a lot of young adults in their late teens as well as children buying.’
      • ‘I spend quite a lot of my time sitting at my computer, but I almost never think about how it works.’
      • ‘It took ten times the amount of energy and quite a bit of time to learn even the basics.’
      • ‘I also got lots of phone calls and quite a lot of people asking for jobs there.’
      • ‘In some cases it took quite a lot of persuasion because there is such a lack of trust.’
  • quite some

    • 1A considerable amount of.

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

      • ‘Given the group's notoriously bitter and protracted split a decade ago, this was quite some achievement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The station is quite some distance away, but the screeching sound of the engine reaches this far.’
  • quite the thing

    • dated Socially acceptable.

      ‘she was quite the thing in heels and stockings and lipstick’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

quite

/kwaɪt//kwīt/