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Syllabification: quite
Pronunciation: /kwīt

Definition of quite in English:


[usually as submodifier]
1To the utmost or most absolute extent or degree; absolutely; completely: it’s quite out of the question are you quite certain about this? this is quite a different problem I quite agree quite frankly, I don’t blame you
More example sentences
  • These people have absolutely no power in it and quite frankly I think it's a waste of time.
  • He is one of the richest characters in the whole of the Wodehouse creation, absolutely rounded and quite without flaw.
  • Here the facts are quite complex and quite different from the residential construction cases.
1.1US Very; really (used as an intensifier): “You’ve no intention of coming back?” “I’m quite sorry, but no, I have not.”
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  • The shadow effects and lighting are quite intense here, and it did put a burden on the card.
  • That is why we took quite seriously these particular clauses with regard to biosecurity, and we do so now.
  • We all know how dangerous a hot car can be for an animal - the risk of death is quite real.
2To a certain or fairly significant extent or degree; fairly: it’s quite warm outside I was quite embarrassed, actually she did quite well at school he’s quite an attractive man
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  • It is quite warm outside under the canopy as well, with a very effective heater thoughtfully placed there.
  • It's still fairly big and quite bulky but we're gradually getting there.
  • We have invested quite a significant amount of money into the Scottish whisky industry.


(also quite so) British Back to top  
Expressing agreement with or understanding of a remark or statement: “I don’t want to talk about that now.” “Quite.”
More example sentences
  • His most recent album is best described by Albini himself: ‘Nick Drake fronting Black Sabbath, if Black Sabbath played only the good parts of their songs’. Quite!
  • ‘Lovely evening, isn't it?’ ‘Quite,’ he replied.
  • ‘They don't really have any choice.’ ‘Quite so, but that's not exactly a democratic attitude, is it?’


Middle English: from the obsolete adjective quite, variant of quit1.


not quite

Not completely or entirely: my hair’s not quite dry she hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet
More example sentences
  • We are not leaving the team as it is because it is pretty obvious it's not quite up to scratch.
  • I quite like these composers, but not quite as much I want to like them, if you get me.
  • It was one of those mornings when you half wake up but not quite all the way.

quite a —— (also often ironic quite the ——)

Used to indicate that the specified person or thing is perceived as particularly notable, remarkable, or impressive: quite a party, isn’t it? it’s been quite a year quite the little horsewoman, aren’t you?
More example sentences
  • There was quite the little gong show to prep for the party.
  • He is quite the ladies' man, always chasing the girls.
  • Sure, it wasn't quite the indulgences of our 20's.

quite a few

see few.

quite a lot (or a bit)

A considerable number or amount of something: my job involves quite a lot of travel he’s quite a bit older than she is
More example sentences
  • It took ten times the amount of energy and quite a bit of time to learn even the basics.
  • Over the past few days I have done quite a lot of press, radio and little bits of television as well.
  • There were quite a lot of them, so they were cheap, but they were obviously hand-made.

quite some

1A considerable amount of: she hasn’t been seen for quite some time
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  • Stored this way, fish from the tropics will last quite some considerable time in cold storage, at least five days.
  • I have listened to you and you have gone to quite some considerable length to make the same point twice.
  • It caused quite some considerable difficulty during the previous separation.
2 informal way of saying quite a —— .
Example sentences
  • Adding the chapter would have been quite some way of getting back at the bad guys.
  • Given the group's notoriously bitter and protracted split a decade ago, this was quite some achievement.
  • When you think back through the past 20 years, that is quite some statement.

quite something


quite the thing

dated Socially acceptable: she was quite the thing in heels and stockings and lipstick

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