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quite

[kwahyt] /kwaɪt/
adverb
1.
completely, wholly, or entirely:
quite the reverse; not quite finished.
2.
actually, really, or truly:
quite a sudden change.
3.
to a considerable extent or degree:
quite small; quite objectionable.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Can be confused
quiet, quit, quite.
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  • 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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  • New findings provide more evidence that the animals are, in fact, quite crafty.
  • For upcoming global warming the current separation of continents might make thinks quite different, though.
British Dictionary definitions for quite

quite

/kwaɪt/
adverb
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
sentence substitute
6.
Also quite so. an expression used to indicate agreement or assent
Word Origin
C14: adverbial use of quite (adj) quit
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Word Origin and History for quite
adv.

early 14c., adverbial form of Middle English quit, quite (adj.) "free, clear" (see quit (adj.)). Originally "thoroughly;" the weaker sense of "fairly" is attested from mid-19c.

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