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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quite, ratheradverb

    to a degree (not used with a negative)

    "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich"

  2. quiteadverb

    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"

  3. quite, quite a, quite anadverb

    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"

  4. quiteadverb

    actually or truly or to an extreme

    "was quite a sudden change"; "it's quite the thing to do"; "quite the rage"; "Quite so!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quiteadverb

    Completely; perfectly.

    Etymology: this is derived, by the etymologists, from quittè, discharged, free, Fr. which however at first appearance unlikely is much favoured by the original use of the word, which was, in this combination, quite and clean; that is, with aclean riddance: its present signification was gradually introduced.

    Those latter exclude not the former quite and clean as unnecessary. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    He hath sold us, and quite devoured our money. Gen. xxxi.

    If some foreign ideas will offer themselves, reject them, and hinder them from running away with our thoughts quite from the subject in hand. John Locke.

    The same actions may be aimed at different ends, and arise from quite contrary principles. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. quite

    Quite can be used as an adverb to indicate a high degree or level of something. It can suggest completeness, intensity, or extent. Additionally, it can also mean fairly, rather, or somewhat. The exact meaning can vary depending on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quite

    see Quit

  2. Quiteadjective

    completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken

  3. Quiteadjective

    to a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably

  4. Etymology: [F. quitte discharged, free, clear; cf. OF. quitement freely, frankly, entirely. See Quit, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quite

    kwīt (Spens.). Same as Quit.

  2. Quite

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Quite' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #261

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Quite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #141

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Quite' in Adverbs Frequency: #35

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Quite in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Quite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Quite in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Larson:

    It's becoming quite apparent that any strength is being used to trim or exit positions as opposed to taking on new positions in the market, at least in the last couple of days.

  2. Wayne McCurrie:

    It's quite a big market in South Africa. We have got established players with lots of experience, maybe more importantly, if Africa shows the growth potential over the next decade that everyone expects, then this is a good base to start from.

  3. Rupal Morjaria:

    She was quite shocked when she was seen two weeks after, I removed the lenses. She said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.

  4. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged:

    Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.

  5. Oliver Kershaw:

    They've been put quietly into the market. Some of them are just brand refreshers. Some are quite interesting products.

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