Quit Quit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quit} or {Quitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quitting}.] [OE. quiten, OF. quiter, quitier, cuitier, F. quitter, to acquit, quit, LL. quietare, fr. L. quietare to calm, to quiet, fr. quietus quiet. See {Quiet}, a., and cf. {Quit}, a., {Quite}, {Acquit}, {Requite}.] 1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. [R.] [1913 Webster]

To quit you of this fear, you have already looked Death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it? --Wake. [1913 Webster]

2. To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the like; to absolve; to acquit. [1913 Webster]

There may no gold them quyte. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

God will relent, and quit thee all his debt. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay. [1913 Webster]

The blissful martyr quyte you your meed. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Enkindle all the sparks of nature To quit this horrid act. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Before that judge that quits each soul his hire. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively. [1913 Webster]

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. --1 Sam. iv. 9. [1913 Webster]

Samson hath quit himself Like Samson. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To carry through; to go through to the end. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Never worthy prince a day did quit With greater hazard and with more renown. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting. [1913 Webster]

Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth for appearance. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

{To quit cost}, to pay; to reimburse.

{To quit scores}, to make even; to clear mutually from demands. [1913 Webster]

Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it? --South. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To leave; relinquish; resign; abandon; forsake; surrender; discharge; requite.

Usage: {Quit}, {Leave}. Leave is a general term, signifying merely an act of departure; quit implies a going without intention of return, a final and absolute abandonment. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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