Definition of quite in 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’
    • ‘Nonetheless, to suggest that Old English as a written language was ever quite dead and buried would be misleading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For someone to do it at such a young age is quite extraordinary.’
    • ‘I think there are all sorts of practical reasons, quite separate from the ethics, as to why you might want to take prisoners.’
    • ‘The loss of drums and effects doesn't come at the cost of intensity; quite the reverse.’
    • ‘Frankly, I could quite happily live the rest of my life never having to contend with that experience again.’
    • ‘Here the facts are quite complex and quite different from the residential construction cases.’
    • ‘Speaking of levels of ignorance, I quite agree with Mick Hartley's letter.’
    • ‘While I quite agree about the need for condemnation, he has missed an important point.’
    • ‘Another problem is that some companies sub-contract work to firms which, quite frankly, are not up to the job.’
    • ‘His brothers could never quite agree on his ransom price, so Ferdinand withered away in captivity.’
    • ‘I propose that this pharaoh is not Nefertiti, but quite a different person altogether.’
    • ‘These people have absolutely no power in it and quite frankly I think it's a waste of time.’
    • ‘He is one of the richest characters in the whole of the Wodehouse creation, absolutely rounded and quite without flaw.’
    • ‘Well, my road has traffic calming measures and quite frankly they make little or no difference.’
    • ‘Neither of them could ever quite figure out how they had survived growing up with her.’
    • ‘I've had quite enough of you and your stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘We may then find ourselves quite fearful that nothing of value will live on after us.’
      • ‘She had never been lectured before by a teacher and the feeling was quite frightening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As it crumpled to the floor, Dawn kicked and kicked and kicked it until it was quite dead.’
      • ‘It was quite frightening to walk down a long hallway without knowing what to expect.’
      • ‘We all know how dangerous a hot car can be for an animal - the risk of death is quite real.’
      • ‘To see all that space was really quite frightening and wonderful all at the same time.’
      • ‘It is often quite beneficial to decide on a school first and then look for housing after.’
      • ‘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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  • 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’
    • ‘Yes, she agreed, they're quite useful for removing spiders and emptying bins.’
    • ‘Whilst I am retaining my sense of humour at the moment, I feel I may lose it quite soon.’
    • ‘Clearly these three companies have dragged down our overall return by a factor of two, which is quite significant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One feels quite sorry for our politicians and their wives that they have to suffer all this nonsense in their busy lives.’
    • ‘The investment involved here is quite considerable and is absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘In his neck two of his vertebrae seemed to be fused together and in quite a sorry state.’
    • ‘That's why our training schedule is quite intense already, and it will be even harder towards the time of the race.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But claiming that one of these ought to be forbidden under the law is absolutely absurd and quite dangerous.’
    • ‘I'm quite pleased with the positive picture reaction, from here and other places.’
    • ‘In fact, it was such an amazing improvement that I was quite sorry to let it go!’
    • ‘It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Observing Alice with his own eyes he was relieved to see she was actually quite pretty.’
    • ‘My sisters and I took windsurfing quite seriously: we had an immense board that took all three of us to carry it.’
    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.”’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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’
      • ‘Fred declared this dish to be good, still, but not quite as good as he remembered from before.’
      • ‘It's not quite leaping a tall building in a single bound, but it's the next best thing.’
      • ‘It is a work in progress and it is not quite there yet, but it is getting better.’
      • ‘We are not leaving the team as it is because it is pretty obvious it's not quite up to scratch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘He is quite the ladies' man, always chasing the girls.’
      • ‘They were simply awesome, quite the masters of the situation.’
      • ‘Now, he's quite a character in this book, and obviously was quite a character in real life, as we say.’
      • ‘So anyway, I know you're quite the ladies' man.’
      • ‘Oh, we're quite the horticultural socialites these days, I think you'll find.’
      • ‘Dori's got quite the little set-up there, by the way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sure, it wasn't quite the indulgences of our 20's.’
      • ‘There was quite the little gong show to prep for the party.’
  • quite a few

    • A fairly large number.

      ‘quite a few people can do it’
      • ‘Branson understands that quite a few of us harbour a desire to rise above the multitude.’
      • ‘He has been able to find sufficient time to create quite a few items during his free time.’
      • ‘I explained quite a few more times but eventually he just shut his window and took no notice.’
      • ‘He admits that quite a few very experienced climbers have died on the West Ridge route.’
      • ‘Sligo has been waiting for quite a few things for a long time and now two of them come together.’
      • ‘There are others, of course, quite a few of them, but it'd be boring to list them all.’
      • ‘You need quite a few to make the juice for this jelly, and it is much easier to do if you have a blender or food processor.’
      • ‘It means that I have to buy everybody presents, and not get anything back from quite a few.’
      • ‘I am not sure I have a hero as such, but there are quite a few figures that I admire.’
      • ‘Yes quite a few, it's one of the things about living in London or any big city I guess.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In some cases it took quite a lot of persuasion because there is such a lack of trust.’
      • ‘It took ten times the amount of energy and quite a bit of time to learn even the basics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I spend quite a lot of my time sitting at my computer, but I almost never think about how it works.’
      • ‘There were quite a lot of young adults in their late teens as well as children buying.’
  • quite some

    • 1A considerable amount of.

      ‘she hasn't been seen for quite some time’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I, like most other members of this House, reject their politics and have done so for quite some time.’
      • ‘It caused quite some considerable difficulty during the previous separation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm anxious to be finished here, as my heart has not been in this job for quite some time now.’
    • 2

      informal way of saying quite a ——
      • ‘Adding the chapter would have been quite some way of getting back at the bad guys.’
      • ‘The station is quite some distance away, but the screeching sound of the engine reaches this far.’
      • ‘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.’
  • quite something

  • 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/