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verb (used with object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.

verb (used without object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.

adjective

released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of): quit of all further responsibilities.

Origin of quit

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1175–1225; (adj.) Middle English quit(te) exempt, freed, acquitted of (< Old French quite) < Medieval Latin quittus, by-form of quītus (≫ Middle English quit(e); see quite), for Latin quiētus quiet1; (v.) Middle English quit(t)en to pay, acquit oneself < Old French quit(t)er < Medieval Latin quittāre, quiētāre to release, discharge, Late Latin quiētare to put to rest, quiet1
Related formsquit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·quit·ted, adjective
Can be confusedquiet quit quite

Synonyms for quit

3. surrender, release. 12. acquitted, discharged.

Antonyms for quit

1, 8. start. 2. enter.

quit

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[kwit]

noun

any of various small tropical birds.

Origin of quit

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1845–50; orig. Jamaican English, of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for quit

Contemporary Examples of quit

Historical Examples of quit

  • He doesn't look a bit healthy and hasn't since he quit eating breakfast.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Say, I don't expect to quit cussin' him fur another thirty days yet.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And then Antonio offers to "quit the fine for one-half his goods."

  • When I discovered that I was unfit to hold that trust any longer, I quit.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It was either stay and keep on working, with that chance, or—quit.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for quit

quit

verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit

(tr) to depart from; leavehe quitted the place hastily
to resign; give up (a job)he quitted his job today
(intr) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave themthey received notice to quit
to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break offquit laughing
(tr) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
(tr) archaic to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself)he quits himself with great dignity

adjective

(usually predicative foll by of) free (from); released (from)he was quit of all responsibility for their safety

Word Origin for quit

C13: from Old French quitter, from Latin quiētus quiet; see quietus
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Word Origin and History for quit
adj.

c.1200, "free, clear" (of debt, etc.), from Old French quite, quitte "free, clear, entire, at liberty; discharged; unmarried," from Medieval Latin quitus, quittus, from Latin quietus "free" (in Medieval Latin "free from war, debts, etc."), also "calm, resting" (see quiet (adj.)).

v.

c.1200, "to repay, discharge" (a debt, etc.), from Old French quiter "clear, establish one's innocence;" also transitive, "release, let go, relinquish, abandon" (12c.), from quite (see quit (adj.)).

Meaning "to reward, give reward" is mid-13c., that of "take revenge; to answer, retort" and "to acquit oneself" are late 14c. From c.1300 as "to acquit (of a charge), declare not guilty." Sense of "leave, depart" is attested from c.1400; that of "stop" (doing something) is from 1640s. Meaning "to give up, relinquish" is from mid-15c. Related: Quitted; quitting. Quitting time is from 1835.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with quit

quit

In addition to the idiom beginning with quit

  • quite a bit
  • quit while one's ahead

also see:

  • call it quits
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