- completely, wholly, or entirely: quite the reverse; not quite finished.
- actually, really, or truly: quite a sudden change.
- to a considerable extent or degree: quite small; quite objectionable.
Origin of quite
Examples from the Web for quite
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
The media tend to frame situations like this as aberrations, but in this case, quite the opposite is the truth.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
But quite unlike the schmuck, and this is the fun part, they never run up the white flag; indeed quite the opposite.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
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’
January 1, 2015
Well, if you have any business, you may state it at once, as I am quite busy.
But moral conviction and legal proof are quite different things.
I might have paid them at the time, but it was all so unexpected and so sudden,—it rattled me, quite.
She was quite unable to repress a vulgar interest in the menials that served her.
It was quite as tangible as his money profits promised to be.
- to the greatest extent; completely or absolutelyyou're quite right; quite the opposite
- (not used with a negative) to a noticeable or partial extent; somewhatshe's quite pretty
- in actuality; trulyhe thought the bag was heavy, but it was quite light; it's quite the thing to do
- quite a (not used with a negative) of an exceptional, considerable, or noticeable kindquite a girl; quite a long walk
- quite something a remarkable or noteworthy thing or person
- Also: quite so an expression used to indicate agreement or assent
Word Origin and History for quite
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.