American English

Definition of quite adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1to a great degree; very; really You'll be quite comfortable here. I can see it quite clearly. “You don't have any intention of coming back?” “I'm quite sorry, but no, I don't.”
  2. 2to the greatest possible degree synonym completely, absolutely synonym entirely This is quite a different problem. I'm quite happy to wait for you here. It wasn't quite as simple as I thought it would be. Quite frankly, I don't blame you. I've had quite enough of your tantrums. Are you quite sure? Iquite agree. I don't quite know what to do next. Quite apart from all the work, he had financial problems. “I almost think she prefers animals to people.” “Quite right, too,” said Bill. “I'm sorry to be so difficult.” “That's quite all right.”
  3. 3not quite used to show that something is nearly right or suitable, or almost happens There's not quite enough bread for breakfast. It's like being in the Alps, but not quite. I can't quite reach it—can you give it to me? The theater was not quite full. These shoes don't quite fit.
  4. Idioms
    quite a/the something (informal quite some something)
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    used to show that a person or thing is particularly impressive or unusual in some way She's quite a beauty. We found it quite a change when we moved to Boston. He's quite the little gentleman, isn't he? It must be quite some car.
    quite the contrary
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    used to emphasize that the opposite of what has been said is true I don't find him funny at all. Quite the contrary.
    quite a few
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    a fairly large number I've been there quite a few times. Quite a few people are going to arrive early.
    quite a lot (of something)
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    a large number or amount of something They drank quite a lot of wine.
      quite some something
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    1. 1a large amount of something She hasn't been seen for quite some time.
    2. 2(informal) = quitea/the something
    quite something
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    impressive; (of an event) major The alumni will join the cast of 42nd Street onstage. It will be quite something to see.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: quite