W1S1 [kwaıt] predeterminer, adv
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: quit, quite 'free of' (13-19 centuries), from Old French quite; QUIT]
1.) fairly or very, but not extremely
The food in the canteen is usually quite good.
He seems quite upset about it all.
I'm quite willing to help.
Amy's at university now and doing quite well .
I got a letter from Sylvia quite recently.
quite a sth
He's quite a good soccer player.
quite like/enjoy BrE
I quite like Chinese food.
see usage noterather
2.) quite a lot/bit/few
a fairly large number or amount
He's got quite a lot of friends.
Quite a few towns are now banning cars from their shopping centres.
3.) [+ adjective/adverb] BrE
I'm sorry. That's quite impossible .
What she's suggesting is quite ridiculous!
I think you've had quite enough to drink already!
That's quite a different matter.
4.) not quite
not completely
They weren't quite ready so we waited in the car.
I'm not quite sure where she lives.
Dinner's almost ready, but not quite .
5.) not quite why/what/where etc
not exactly why, what, where etc
I must admit, the play wasn't quite what we expected.
6.) quite a sth/quite some sth
BrE used before a noun to emphasize that something is very good, large, interesting etc
That was quite a party you had last night.
The engines make quite a noise.
It's quite some distance away.
7.) quite a/some time
especially BrE a fairly long time
We've been waiting for quite some time now.
8.) quite right
BrE used to show that you agree strongly with someone
'I refused to do any more work until I'd been paid.' 'Quite right. They can't expect you to work for nothing.'
9.) that's quite all right
BrE used to reply to someone that you are not angry about something they have done
'I'm sorry we're so late.' 'That's quite all right.'
10.) quite/quite so
BrE formal used to show that you agree with what someone is saying
= ↑exactly
'They really should have thought of this before.' 'Yes, quite.'
11.) quite sth
especially BrE used to say that someone or something is very impressive
It's quite something to walk out on stage in front of 20,000 people.
HINT sense 1
Quite goes before, not after, a or an: quite a short time (NOT a quite short time)

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