verb (quits, quitting; past and past participle quitted or quit)
- 1 [with object] Leave (a place), usually permanently: hippies finally quit two sites in Hampshire last nightMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a tenant) leave rented accommodation: the landlord issued a notice to quitMore example sentences
- The next day tenants received notices to quit from an agent they believed represented the owner.
- The council has decided to serve notice to quit on the 46 council house tenants on Toppings Estate who have refused to accept a rent increase.
- But the landowner has given a statutory notice to quit - ending a 20 year lease with the former landowner.
- 1.2 • informal Resign from (a job): she quit her job in a pizza restaurant [no object]: he quit as manager of the struggling Third Division teamMore 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.
- 1.3 • informal , chiefly North American Stop or discontinue (an action or activity): quit moaning! I want to quit smokingMore 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?
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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'.
- Used in names of various small songbirds found in the Caribbean area, e.g. bananaquit, grassquit.More 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.
mid 19th century: probably imitative.