quite

[[t]kwa͟ɪt[/t]]
1) ADV: ADV adj/adv, ADV a n, ADV before v (vagueness) You use quite to indicate that something is the case to a fairly great extent. Quite is less emphatic than `very' and `extremely'.

I felt quite bitter about it at the time...

I was doing quite well, but I wasn't earning a lot of money...

Well, actually it requires quite a bit of work and research...

I was quite a long way away, on the terrace...

I quite enjoy living here.

2) ADV: ADV group, ADV before v (emphasis) You use quite to emphasize what you are saying.

It is quite clear that we were firing in self defence...

That's a general British failing. In the USA it's quite different...

I can state quite definitely it will be terrible...

This was a serious breach of trust quite apart from the gravity of any offence...

I quite agree with you. That's a good way of looking at it.

3) ADV: with brd-neg, ADV group, ADV before v (vagueness) You use quite after a negative to make what you are saying weaker or less definite.

Something here is not quite right...

After treatment he was able to continue but he was never quite the same...

We still can't quite believe he's here with us after all this time...

And at the beginning, I didn't quite understand what all this was about...

That wasn't quite what I meant.

Syn:
4) PREDET: PREDET a n (approval) You use quite in front of a noun group to emphasize that a person or thing is very impressive or unusual.

`Oh, he's quite a character,' Sean replied...

It's quite a city, Boston.

5) ADV: ADV as reply (formulae) You can say `quite' to express your agreement with someone. [SPOKEN]

`And if you buy the record it's your choice isn't it.' - `Quite'...

`I won't say over the air who it is.' - `No, quite.'


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • quite — quite; mes·quite; re·quite; …   English syllables

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