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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.

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. Keith Richards:

    It's an incredible walk through your own life, you know? For me, it's quite emotional in a way.

  2. Shannon Gaggero:

    My kids are 6 and 3, so they don't quite understand the scope of how much money we raised, they know it's a lot and they feel proud that so many people got involved to help.

  3. Sasja Beslik:

    We take this very seriously, if this is a symptom of a bigger problem, it could cost a lot of money and could affect the share quite a lot, and then we have to decide how to act on this -- if we should keep the share or sell.

  4. Tom Frieden:

    I had, quite literally, 20 times more flexible dollars as New York City health commissioner than I did as CDC Director.

  5. Tom McAlpin:

    If you look at the industry and how resilient it has been in the past, when there's been challenges, it has come back quite rapidly, we're doing everything we can, taking precautions above and beyond.

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