quite

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adverb
  1. completely, wholly, or entirely: quite the reverse; not quite finished.
  2. actually, really, or truly: quite a sudden change.
  3. to a considerable extent or degree: quite small; quite objectionable.

Origin of quite

1300–50; Middle English, adv. use of quit(e), a variant of quit(te) quit1, the meaning of the two forms not being distinct in Middle English
Can be confusedquiet quit quite
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  • Well, if you have any business, you may state it at once, as I am quite busy.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But moral conviction and legal proof are quite different things.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I might have paid them at the time, but it was all so unexpected and so sudden,—it rattled me, quite.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She was quite unable to repress a vulgar interest in the menials that served her.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It was quite as tangible as his money profits promised to be.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for quite

quite

adverb
  1. to the greatest extent; completely or absolutelyyou're quite right; quite the opposite
  2. (not used with a negative) to a noticeable or partial extent; somewhatshe's quite pretty
  3. in actuality; trulyhe thought the bag was heavy, but it was quite light; it's quite the thing to do
  4. quite a (not used with a negative) of an exceptional, considerable, or noticeable kindquite a girl; quite a long walk
  5. quite something a remarkable or noteworthy thing or person
sentence substitute
  1. Also: quite so an expression used to indicate agreement or assent

Word Origin for quite

C14: adverbial use of quite (adj) quit

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Word Origin and History for quite
adv.

early 14c., adverbial form of Middle English quit, quite (adj.) "free, clear" (see quit (adj.)). Originally "thoroughly;" the weaker sense of "fairly" is attested from mid-19c.

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