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Syllabification: quit
Pronunciation: /kwit
 
/

verb (quits, quitting; past and past participle quitted or quit)

1 [with object] Leave (a place), usually permanently: he was ordered to quit the cabin immediately
More example sentences
  • The villagers told them to quit the place immediately.
  • Abdul barks orders, and they quit base camp hastily.
  • In a half an hour, I quit this place, slip into the ocean, and hassle the local aquatic life with my snorkel and my submersible camera.
Synonyms
leave, vacate, exit, depart from, withdraw from;
abandon, desert
1.1 informal Resign from (a job): she quit her job in a pizza restaurant [no object]: he quit as manager of struggling Third Division City
More example sentences
  • Only four out of 1,000 employees who quit jobs last year retired due to their age, according to the Ministry of Labor.
  • At 24, I had quit my job, packed up everything I owned into the back of my Volkswagen, and moved 1000 miles away for no good reason.
  • That same week she found an apartment in Erie, quit her job, packed her things and moved to Pennsylvania.
Synonyms
resign from, leave, give up, hand in one's notice, stand down from, relinquish, vacate, walk out on, retire from
informal chuck, pack in
pack it in, call it quits
1.2 informal , chiefly North American Stop or discontinue (an action or activity): quit moaning! I want to quit smoking
More example sentences
  • In order to care for the patient, most families had to quit other activities.
  • I hate having to quit a project, leaving it unfinished.
  • Why do you quit your routine when you begin to make progress?
Synonyms
give up, stop, cease, discontinue, drop, break off, abandon, abstain from, desist from, refrain from, avoid, forgo
2 (quit oneself) [with adverbial] archaic Behave in a specified way: quit yourselves like men, and fight

adjective

[predicative] (quit of) Back to top  
Rid of: I want to be quit of him

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'set free'): from Old French quiter (verb), quite (adjective), from Latin quietus, past participle of quiescere 'be still', from quies 'quiet'.

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  • An Old French word from the same root as quiet, Latin quietus ‘quiet, still, resting’. The first meanings of quit were ‘to pay off a debt’, ‘to repay a service or favour’, and ‘to set free’. It also meant ‘to declare a person not guilty’, a meaning for which we would now use the related word acquit. The modern meanings, ‘to leave, go away’, and ‘to stop doing something’, are from the 17th century. To call it quits is to agree that terms are now equal, especially in the settlement of a debt, or to decide to abandon what you are doing in order to cut your losses. It dates back only to the 1890s and is a fairly informal expression, but an earlier version, cry quits, is recorded from the 1630s and comes from the world of officialdom. Church records of accounts from the late 15th century use the word quits to indicate that money owing to someone has been paid in full. Church business was usually conducted in Latin, and so quits probably arose from a scribe's shortening of the medieval Latin word quittus, meaning ‘discharged’, written on receipts to indicate that the goods had been paid for. Quite, found from the Middle Ages in the sense ‘completely, fully’ is probably from quit. The sense ‘fairly’ does not develop until the 19th century.

Phrases

quit hold of

1
archaic Let go of.

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quit2

Syllabification: quit
Pronunciation: /kwit
 
/

noun

[in combination]
Used in names of various small songbirds found in the Caribbean area, e.g., bananaquit, grassquit.
Example sentences
  • Each time the Grassquit sings, it jumps straight into the air and opens its wings to reveal white patches.
  • The Grassquit resides in small flocks and likes to use empty bananaquit nests for roosting at night.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably imitative.

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  • An Old French word from the same root as quiet, Latin quietus ‘quiet, still, resting’. The first meanings of quit were ‘to pay off a debt’, ‘to repay a service or favour’, and ‘to set free’. It also meant ‘to declare a person not guilty’, a meaning for which we would now use the related word acquit. The modern meanings, ‘to leave, go away’, and ‘to stop doing something’, are from the 17th century. To call it quits is to agree that terms are now equal, especially in the settlement of a debt, or to decide to abandon what you are doing in order to cut your losses. It dates back only to the 1890s and is a fairly informal expression, but an earlier version, cry quits, is recorded from the 1630s and comes from the world of officialdom. Church records of accounts from the late 15th century use the word quits to indicate that money owing to someone has been paid in full. Church business was usually conducted in Latin, and so quits probably arose from a scribe's shortening of the medieval Latin word quittus, meaning ‘discharged’, written on receipts to indicate that the goods had been paid for. Quite, found from the Middle Ages in the sense ‘completely, fully’ is probably from quit. The sense ‘fairly’ does not develop until the 19th century.

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