to a degree (not used with a negative)
"quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"
to the greatest extent; completely
"you're quite right"; "she was quite alone"; "was quite mistaken"; "quite the opposite"; "not quite finished"; "did not quite make it"
quite, quite a, quite an(adverb)
of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
"her victory was quite something"; "she's quite a girl"; "quite a film"; "quite a walk"; "we've had quite an afternoon"
actually or truly or to an extreme
"was quite a sudden change"; "it's quite the thing to do"; "quite the rage"; "Quite so!"
completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken
to a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably
Origin: [F. quitte discharged, free, clear; cf. OF. quitement freely, frankly, entirely. See Quit, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kwīt (Spens.). Same as Quit.
kwīt, adv. completely: wholly: entirely.—Quite a little, a good few: considerable; Quite so, a phrase denoting assent in conversation. [Merely an adv. use of the adj. quit.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'quite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #261
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'quite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #141
Rank popularity for the word 'quite' in Adverbs Frequency: #35
The numerical value of quite in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of quite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The family-that dear octopus from whese tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
The style I like is not quite Neapolitan, not quite New York. Sort of a hybrid in the middle, but the crust is very, very light.
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
Every day, every month, every year that the state took from him, they took something that they don't have the power to give back. While this moment is quite joyous and is quite wonderful, this case is quite tragic.
You would, of course, not have just one Sunflower but several so you can scale it up quite easily, hospitals, for instance, are quite energy intensive -- if you needed 1.2 mW to run a hospital you'd need 100 sunflowers.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- totalment, bastant, exactament, completament, verdaderamentCatalan, Valencian
- naprosto, úplně, dost, zcela, docelaCzech
- recht, ganz, ziemlich, völligGerman
- bastante, considerablemente, completamenteSpanish
- täysin, melko, kokonaan, kohtalaisen, kovasti, varsin, paljon, sangen, aivanFinnish
- tout à fait, assez, complètement, vraimentFrench
- ar fadIrish
- carScottish Gaelic
- काफ़ी, बिलकुलHindi
- nagyon, meglehetősen, teljesenHungarian
- 丸で, かなり, すっかりJapanese
- 완전히, 꽤, 상당히Korean
- visai, ļoti, īsti, glužiLatvian
- tamelijk, aardig, volkomen, bestDutch
- ganske, temmelig, heltNorwegian
- całkiem, całkowiciePolish
- totalmente, razoavelmente, bem, completamente, bastantePortuguese
- изрядно, вовсе, весьма, полностью, вполне, совсем, довольноRussian
- tämligen, ganskaSwedish
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