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Dictionary entry overview: What does quite mean?
• QUITE (adverb)
The adverb QUITE has 4 senses:
1. to a degree (not used with a negative)
2. to the greatest extent; completely
3. of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
4. actually or truly or to an extreme
Familiarity information: QUITE used as an adverb is uncommon.
Dictionary entry details
|Sense 1||quite [BACK TO TOP]|
To a degree (not used with a negative)
quite tasty / quite soon / quite ill / quite rich
|Sense 2||quite [BACK TO TOP]|
To the greatest extent; completely
you're quite right / she was quite alone / was quite mistaken / quite the opposite / not quite finished / did not quite make it
|Sense 3||quite [BACK TO TOP]|
Of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
her victory was quite something / she's quite a girl / quite a film / quite a walk / we've had quite an afternoon
|Sense 4||quite [BACK TO TOP]|
Actually or truly or to an extreme
was quite a sudden change / it's quite the thing to do / quite the rage / Quite so!
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