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’
    • ‘She had black hair and an olive complexion, and was quite different from my mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think there are all sorts of practical reasons, quite separate from the ethics, as to why you might want to take prisoners.’
    • ‘Another problem is that some companies sub-contract work to firms which, quite frankly, are not up to the job.’
    • ‘As one can imagine, such a tremendous impact is quite devastating on the human body.’
    • ‘His brothers could never quite agree on his ransom price, so Ferdinand withered away in captivity.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, to suggest that Old English as a written language was ever quite dead and buried would be misleading.’
    • ‘I propose that this pharaoh is not Nefertiti, but quite a different person altogether.’
    • ‘For someone to do it at such a young age is quite extraordinary.’
    • ‘I've had quite enough of you and your stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here the facts are quite complex and quite different from the residential construction cases.’
    • ‘He is one of the richest characters in the whole of the Wodehouse creation, absolutely rounded and quite without flaw.’
    • ‘These people have absolutely no power in it and quite frankly I think it's a waste of time.’
    • ‘Even though the samples are all fairly small it's quite amazing to be able to see all that.’
    • ‘Thanks for making this point, which I quite agree with, but which was left out of my original answer for lack of space.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.”’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We all know how dangerous a hot car can be for an animal - the risk of death is quite real.’
      • ‘Most of the music is very beat heavy and I feel it adds to the overall intensity of the game quite well.’
      • ‘Rachel is going to stay with her brother for a few days which I think is quite positive.’
      • ‘We may then find ourselves quite fearful that nothing of value will live on after us.’
      • ‘Rocky was quite powerful and determined, but he was also crude and not hard to hit.’
      • ‘As it crumpled to the floor, Dawn kicked and kicked and kicked it until it was quite dead.’
      • ‘The shadow effects and lighting are quite intense here, and it did put a burden on the card.’
      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’
    • ‘We have invested quite a significant amount of money into the Scottish whisky industry.’
    • ‘That's why our training schedule is quite intense already, and it will be even harder towards the time of the race.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, she agreed, they're quite useful for removing spiders and emptying bins.’
    • ‘I am going to bed quite soon, but I have lots of things to blog about over the next few days.’
    • ‘Then we stood there and did absolutely nothing for quite a while.’
    • ‘In his neck two of his vertebrae seemed to be fused together and in quite a sorry state.’
    • ‘I'm pleased to say that Dawn of the Dead is quite a good little movie to see.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The investment involved here is quite considerable and is absolutely necessary.’
    • ‘Clearly these three companies have dragged down our overall return by a factor of two, which is quite significant.’
    • ‘He was quite attractive actually, dark hair, green mysterious eyes and tall.’
    • ‘One feels quite sorry for our politicians and their wives that they have to suffer all this nonsense in their busy lives.’
    • ‘My sisters and I took windsurfing quite seriously: we had an immense board that took all three of us to carry it.’
    • ‘But claiming that one of these ought to be forbidden under the law is absolutely absurd and quite dangerous.’
    • ‘Another reviewer described my blog in less warm but still quite pleasing terms.’
    • ‘Whilst I am retaining my sense of humour at the moment, I feel I may lose it quite soon.’
    • ‘Observing Alice with his own eyes he was relieved to see she was actually quite pretty.’
    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!’
    • ‘‘They don't really have any choice.’ ‘Quite so, but that's not exactly a democratic attitude, is it?’’
    • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I quite like these composers, but not quite as much I want to like them, if you get me.’
      • ‘Fred declared this dish to be good, still, but not quite as good as he remembered from before.’
      • ‘His characters inhabit a society that is not quite ours, but which is familiar all the same.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are not leaving the team as it is because it is pretty obvious it's not quite up to scratch.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘They were simply awesome, quite the masters of the situation.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Sure, it wasn't quite the indulgences of our 20's.’
      • ‘Dori's got quite the little set-up there, by the way.’
      • ‘Oh, we're quite the horticultural socialites these days, I think you'll find.’
      • ‘So anyway, I know you're quite the ladies' man.’
      • ‘Now, he's quite a character in this book, and obviously was quite a character in real life, as we say.’
      • ‘Perhaps the best part of my visit was visiting my great aunt and uncle, who were both quite the pioneers back in their day.’
      • ‘He is quite the ladies' man, always chasing the girls.’
  • 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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I spend quite a lot of my time sitting at my computer, but I almost never think about how it works.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over the past few days I have done quite a lot of press, radio and little bits of television as well.’
      • ‘I've seen quite a lot of him recently because of his contacts in the music world.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘For quite some time this nursery has not produced any Horticulture saplings for issue to the farmers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It caused quite some considerable difficulty during the previous separation.’
      • ‘I'm anxious to be finished here, as my heart has not been in this job for quite some time now.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Used to indicate that the specified person or thing is perceived as particularly notable, remarkable, or impressive.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Adding the chapter would have been quite some way of getting back at the bad guys.’
  • 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

/kwīt//kwaɪt/