adverb[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 youMore 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.’More example sentences
- 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 he’s quite an attractive manMore example sentences
- 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.
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- (also quite so) 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?’
- Not completely or entirely: my hair’s not quite dry she hasn’t quite got the hang of it yetMore 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.
not quite the thing • dated
- Used to indicate that the specified person or thing is perceived as particularly notable, remarkable, or impressive: quite a party, isn’t it? 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 isMore 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.
- 1A considerable amount of: she hasn’t been seen for quite some timeMore example sentences
- 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 . Old Darlington was quite some place to live inMore 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.
- see something.
Middle English: from the obsolete adjective quite, variant of quit1.