completely, wholly, or entirely: quite the reverse; not quite finished.
actually, really, or truly: quite a sudden change.
to a considerable extent or degree: quite small; quite objectionable.

1300–50; Middle English, adv. use of quit(e), a variant of quit(te) quit1, the meaning of the two forms not being distinct in Middle English

quiet, quit, quite.
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quite (kwaɪt)
1.  to the greatest extent; completely or absolutely: you're quite right; quite the opposite
2.  (not used with a negative) to a noticeable or partial extent; somewhat: she's quite pretty
3.  in actuality; truly: he thought the bag was heavy, but it was quite light; it's quite the thing to do
4.  (not used with a negative) quite a of an exceptional, considerable, or noticeable kind: quite a girl; quite a long walk
5.  quite something a remarkable or noteworthy thing or person
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6.  Also: quite so an expression used to indicate agreement or assent

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., adverbial form of M.E. quit, quite (adj.) "free, clear" (see quit). Originally "thoroughly;" the weaker sense of "fairly" is attested from mid-19c.
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Example sentences
Immune system is quite complex and the particular area of learning capability
  of the immune system isnt understood completely.
The design has worked well, but not quite as expected.
He started when he was quite young and was successful when he was quite young.
The leaves stay sweet on the plant for quite a while without turning bitter.
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