verb (used with object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.
verb (used without object), quit or quit·ted, quit·ting.
- quis custodiet ipsos custodes?,
- quis separabit?,
- quisling, vidkun,
- quit while one's ahead,
- quitch grass,
Origin of quit1
Examples from the Web for quitted
But the state of things, if not less anxious, was less distressing than when Jem had quitted her.Mary Barton|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I would have avoided this interview, could I have quitted England again without some information respecting them.
The room itself was larger than the one he had just quitted, and not as well lit.Viewpoint|Gordon Randall Garrett
Of matters in which he had been specially interested before he quitted London, one or two may properly be named.The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete|John Forster
He imagines that Mr. Capella quitted the train on the way, and will arrive by this one.The Stowmarket Mystery|Louis Tracy
verb quits or quitting or quitted or mainly US quit
Word Origin for quit
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.)).
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with quit
- quite a bit
- quit while one's ahead
- call it quits