WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 quite /kwaɪt/USA pronunciation
adv. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- completely or entirely:not quite finished.
- actually, really, or truly:This represents quite a sudden change for her.
- to a considerable extent:He is quite young to be walking.
- completely, wholly, or entirely:quite the reverse; not quite finished.
- actually, really, or truly:quite a sudden change.
- to a considerable extent or degree:quite small; quite objectionable.
- Middle English, adverb, adverbial use of quit(e), a variant of quit(te) quit1, the meaning of the two forms not being distinct in Middle English 1300–50
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quite /kwaɪt/ adv
- to the greatest extent; completely or absolutely: you're quite right, quite the opposite
- (not used with a negative) to a noticeable or partial extent; somewhat: she's quite pretty
- in actuality; truly
- quite a ⇒ (not used with a negative) of an exceptional, considerable, or noticeable kind: quite a girl, quite a long walk
- quite something ⇒ a remarkable or noteworthy thing or person
Etymology: 14th Century: adverbial use of quite (adj) quitUSAGE
- Also: quite so an expression used to indicate agreement or assent
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