from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. To the greatest extent; completely: quite alone; not quite finished. See Usage Note at perfect.
- adv. Actually; really: I'm quite positive about it.
- adv. To a degree; rather: quite soon; quite tasty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
- adv. In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
- interj. Indicates agreement; "exactly so".
- n. A series of passes made with the cape to distract the bull.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly
- adv. To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably.
- v. See quit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete form of quit.
- Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; fully; perfectly.
- To a considerable extent or degree; noticeably: as, quite warm; quite pretty; quite clever; quite an artist: in this sense now chiefly colloquial and American.
- An obsolete form of quit.
- An obsolete dialectal form of white.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. actually or truly or to an extreme
- adv. of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
- adv. to the greatest extent; completely
- adv. to a degree (not used with a negative)
"But you look quite well -- _quite_ well," she insisted.
Once or twice she said that though "Frank was adamant" when she had wished to get closer in touch with his interests and sympathies when he was quite a young man, yet she was always _quite_ in sympathy with her eldest son.
He was so clever, so distinguished, he had his eyes and his voice and his whole self so perfectly under control, that she never could be quite, _quite_ sure -- but now!
When he leaves us my heart will quite, _quite_ break -- and I sometimes hope
But you hoped, not quite so soon -- not _quite_ so soon.
'My dear (mimicked Trix), you can be quite polite to so and so, but I cannot have you becoming friendly with them, you know they are not _quite_.'
In this sense, the saying would be quite correct, as it is _quite wrong_ when applied to aesthetic facts.
Bashbang_ will certainly quite _quite_ eclipse those two other sensations, _What a Buttons Overheard in the Imperial Pickelhaube
Heads, necks and arms don't monopolise the pretty-pretties now, and, what with jewelled tunics, girdles, shoes, stockings and "_Honi soits_," as well as gems on what little corsage and skirt one may be wearing, one's jewel-box may be quite _quite_ emptied every evening.
Yvonne do my hair quite, _quite_ plainly, and I'm giving my jewels to my country.