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verb (used with object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.
  1. to stop, cease, or discontinue: She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
  2. to depart from; leave (a place or person): They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
  3. to give up or resign; let go; relinquish: He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
  4. to release one's hold of (something grasped).
  5. to acquit or conduct (oneself).
  6. to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
  7. to clear (a debt); repay.
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verb (used without object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.
  1. to cease from doing something; stop.
  2. to give up or resign one's job or position: He keeps threatening to quit.
  3. to depart or leave.
  4. to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.
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  1. released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of): quit of all further responsibilities.
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Origin of quit1

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


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


1, 8. start. 2. enter.
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Examples from the Web for quitted

Historical Examples

  • The march was by regiments, of which the first quitted Kosseir on the 1st of July.

    Camps, Quarters and Casual Places

    Archibald Forbes

  • The Empress-Regent has quitted French territory, and since then has given no sign.

  • This was close stowage, and I was heartily glad when I quitted the ship.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And with an air of offended dignity she passed them, and quitted the room.

  • "You would never have left it, if you had taken my advice," he said, and quitted the room.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for quitted


verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit
  1. (tr) to depart from; leavehe quitted the place hastily
  2. to resign; give up (a job)he quitted his job today
  3. (intr) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave themthey received notice to quit
  4. to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break offquit laughing
  5. (tr) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
  6. (tr) archaic to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself)he quits himself with great dignity
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  1. (usually predicative foll by of) free (from); released (from)he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
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Word Origin

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



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.)).

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with quitted


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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