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[kwit] /kwɪt/
verb (used with object), quit or quitted, quitting.
to stop, cease, or discontinue:
She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
to depart from; leave (a place or person):
They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
to give up or resign; let go; relinquish:
He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
to release one's hold of (something grasped).
to acquit or conduct (oneself).
to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
to clear (a debt); repay.
verb (used without object), quit or quitted, quitting.
to cease from doing something; stop.
to give up or resign one's job or position:
He keeps threatening to quit.
to depart or leave.
to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.
released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of):
quit of all further responsibilities.
Origin of quit1
1175-1225; (adj.) Middle English quit(te) exempt, freed, acquitted of (< Old French quite) < Medieval Latin quittus, by-form of quītus (≫ Middle English quit(e); see quite), for Latin quiētus quiet1; (v.) Middle English quit(t)en to pay, acquit oneself < Old French quit(t)er < Medieval Latin quittāre, quiētāre to release, discharge, Late Latin quiētare to put to rest, quiet1
Related forms
quittable, adjective
unquitted, adjective
Can be confused
quiet, quit, quite.
3. surrender, release. 12. acquitted, discharged.
1, 8. start. 2. enter. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quitted
Historical Examples
  • She has now quitted this human body, and has gone to her own world, and taken her own body.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • As soon as the mass was over, he quitted the chapel and escaped into the park.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • “There is no bad leak as yet,” said the captain, re-entering the cabin, which he had quitted for the purpose of sounding the well.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • The 25th was the first anniversary of the day she had quitted the shores of England.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the 2nd of October in the year 1798, Davy quitted Penzance, before he had attained his twentieth year.

  • When Pompey had got at a little distance from the camp, he quitted his horse.

  • When Pyne quitted the kitchen his intent was to reach Brand without delay.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • It was here, in this very spot, when you had quitted our dwelling.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • John Forster would hear no more; he quitted the room and walked up stairs before the marquis had completed his speech.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • On the 30th, Montholon, with the household, quitted St Helena.

British Dictionary definitions for quitted


verb quits, quitting quitted, (mainly US) quit
(transitive) to depart from; leave: he quitted the place hastily
to resign; give up (a job): he quitted his job today
(intransitive) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave them: they received notice to quit
to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break off: quit laughing
(transitive) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
(transitive) (archaic) to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself): he quits himself with great dignity
(usually predicative) foll by of. free (from); released (from): he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
Word Origin
C13: from Old French quitter, from Latin quiētusquiet; see quietus
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Word Origin and History for quitted



c.1200, "free, clear" (of debt, etc.), from Old French quite, quitte "free, clear, entire, at liberty; discharged; unmarried," from Medieval Latin quitus, quittus, from Latin quietus "free" (in Medieval Latin "free from war, debts, etc."), also "calm, resting" (see quiet (adj.)).


c.1200, "to repay, discharge" (a debt, etc.), from Old French quiter "clear, establish one's innocence;" also transitive, "release, let go, relinquish, abandon" (12c.), from quite (see quit (adj.)).

Meaning "to reward, give reward" is mid-13c., that of "take revenge; to answer, retort" and "to acquit oneself" are late 14c. From c.1300 as "to acquit (of a charge), declare not guilty." Sense of "leave, depart" is attested from c.1400; that of "stop" (doing something) is from 1640s. Meaning "to give up, relinquish" is from mid-15c. Related: Quitted; quitting. Quitting time is from 1835.

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Idioms and Phrases with quitted


In addition to the idiom beginning with quit also see: call it quits
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