- to stop, cease, or discontinue: She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
- to depart from; leave (a place or person): They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
- to give up or resign; let go; relinquish: He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
- to release one's hold of (something grasped).
- to acquit or conduct (oneself).
- to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
- to clear (a debt); repay.
- to cease from doing something; stop.
- to give up or resign one's job or position: He keeps threatening to quit.
- to depart or leave.
- to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.
- released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of): quit of all further responsibilities.
Origin of quit1
Examples from the Web for quitted
The march was by regiments, of which the first quitted Kosseir on the 1st of July.
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.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
"You would never have left it, if you had taken my advice," he said, and quitted the room.Night and Morning, Complete
- (tr) to depart from; leavehe quitted the place hastily
- to resign; give up (a job)he quitted his job today
- (intr) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave themthey received notice to quit
- to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break offquit laughing
- (tr) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
- (tr) archaic to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself)he quits himself with great dignity
- (usually predicative foll by of) free (from); released (from)he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
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.)).
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.
Idioms and Phrases with quitted
In addition to the idiom beginning with quit
- quite a bit
- quit while one's ahead
- call it quits