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Inflections of 'quit' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
quits
v 3rd person singular
quitting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
quit
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
quitted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (Rare)
quit
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
quitted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (Rare)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
quit1 /kwɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  quit or quit•ted, quit•ting. 
  1. to stop, cease, or discontinue: [no object]Will that noise ever quit?[+ verb-ing]He quit smoking.[+ object]Quit it, will you?
  2. to give up or resign;
    let go;
    relinquish: [+ object]She quit her job.[no object]decided to quit.
  3. to depart from;
    leave (a place or person):[+ object]The army quit the area as fast as it could.
  4. to stop trying, struggling, or the like:[no object]Don't quit now; you still have a chance to win.
Idioms
    [Informal.]
  1. call it quits, [no object] to end an activity, relationship, etc.:decided to call it quits and get a divorce.

See -quit-.
-quit-, root. 
  1. -quit- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "release;
    discharge;
    let go.'' This meaning is found in such words as: acquit, quit, quite, requite, unrequited.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
quit1  (kwit),USA pronunciation v.,  quit  or quit•ted, quit•ting, adj. 
v.t. 
  1. to stop, cease, or discontinue:She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
  2. to depart from;
    leave (a place or person):They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
  3. to give up or resign;
    let go;
    relinquish:He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
  4. to release one's hold of (something grasped).
  5. to acquit or conduct (oneself ).
  6. to free or rid (oneself ): to quit oneself of doubts.
  7. to clear (a debt);
    repay.

v.i. 
  1. to cease from doing something;
    stop.
  2. to give up or resign one's job or position:He keeps threatening to quit.
  3. to depart or leave.
  4. to stop trying, struggling, or the like;
    accept or acknowledge defeat.

adj. 
  1. released from obligation, penalty, etc.;
    free, clear, or rid (usually fol. by of ):quit of all further responsibilities.
quitta•ble, adj. 
  • Medieval Latin quittāre, quiētāre to release, discharge, Late Latin quiētare to put to rest, quiet1
  • Old French quit(t)er
  • Medieval Latin quittus, by-form of quītus ( Middle English quit(e); see quite), for Latin quiētus quiet1; (verb, verbal) Middle English quit(t)en to pay, acquit oneself
  • Old French quite)
  • (adjective, adjectival) Middle English quit(te) exempt, freed, acquitted of ( 1175–1225
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged surrender, release.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged acquitted, discharged.
    • 1, 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged start.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged enter.

quit2  (kwit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsany of various small tropical birds.
  • origin, originally Jamaican English, of uncertain origin, originally 1845–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
quit /kwɪt/ vb (quits, quitting) (quitted, chiefly US quit)
  1. (transitive) to depart from; leave
  2. to resign; give up (a job)
  3. (intransitive) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave them
  4. to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break off
  5. (transitive) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
  6. (transitive) archaic to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself)
adj
  1. (usually predicative) followed by of: free (from); released (from)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French quitter, from Latin quiētus quiet; see quietus
'quit' also found in these entries:
Collocations: quit [smoking, drinking, worrying], quit [school, a job, college], quit as [manager, president, foreman], more...

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