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Origin of quite
Words nearby quite
What does quite mean?
Quite can mean “completely,” “truly,” or “very,” but it is also sometimes used to mean “somewhat.”
Quite can be used to intensify the meaning of some adjectives, but it can also be used to soften the meaning of others.
Example: The sky is quite dreary today.
Where does quite come from?
Evidence for the usage of quite in English is first recorded in the first half of the 1300s. It comes from a Middle English term that meant quit, and it is related to both quit and quiet.
Quite has quite a few slightly different meanings. It is often used to add some kind of emphasis, but sometimes it is used to do the opposite, so it can be quite confusing unless you can use the context of the sentence to figure out which meaning is intended. Quite can mean “completely” or “entirely,” as in quite the opposite or not quite done yet. It can also be used in ways that emphasize that something is considerable or exceptional, as in quite a lot or that was quite the adventure. However, quite can also mean “somewhat.” If someone says you’re quite intelligent, it may be unclear whether they’re saying you’re very intelligent or pretty intelligent (for your age, for example). (Feel free to take it as a compliment either way.)
Sometimes, quite is used as a sentence substitute, meaning it can be used in place of a sentence, usually in response to something. When used this way, it indicates agreement or an affirmative response (equivalent to yes).
Does quite have a lot of uses? Quite.
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How is quite used in real life?
Quite is used quite commonly. Be careful when using it to mean “very” or “somewhat” so that the meaning isn’t unclear.
After 13 years of friendship I still don't hate you. It's quite the opposite. Happy birthday @michael5sos
— Calum Hood (@Calum5SOS) November 21, 2015
From someone who won't go to kitchen to fetch a glass of water to one managing whole kitchen inc cooking & cleaning – I've made quite a leap
— Baji Please (@BajiPlease) June 10, 2017
It's quite nice to see the rain again. I think the grass must be doing a happy dance.
— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) August 9, 2018
Try using quite!
Which of the following sentences does not use quite correctly?
A. This is quite nice.
B. That is quite the opposite of my intention.
C. I quite like this tea.
D. That dress is very quite.
Example sentences from the Web for quite
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.
Not quite, but at one point the temperature registered 29 below zero, with 21 inches of snow.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Nothing does it quite like deftly decapitating a bottle of bubbly with a gleaming blade.
There were numerous sheepfolds and two cattle pens, but the rest of the country round was quite open.Taking Tales|W.H.G. Kingston
It is so ugly that it is worth nothing, except as a curiosity; and if it ceased to be a curiosity it would be quite valueless.A Year in a Lancashire Garden|Henry Arthur Bright
It was during this period of her life that she won a friendship quite as strong and quite as precious as that of old Grossetete.The Village Rector|Honore de Balzac
“It is late to-night,” said Harry, now quite calm, though with a hot flush upon his cheek.The Chaplain of the Fleet|Walter Besant and James Rice
Hunt had often thought since that Joe Hurley was quite attracted by his lively sister.The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes