quit
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English quite, quit, from Anglo-French Date: 13th century released from obligation, charge, or penalty; especially free II. verb (quit; also quitted; quitting) Etymology: Middle English quiten, quitten, from Anglo-French quiter, from quite free of, released, from Latin quietus quiet, at rest Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to make full payment of ; pay up <
quit a debt
>
2. to set free ; relieve, release <
quit oneself of fear
>
3. conduct, acquit <
the youths quit themselves like men
>
4. a. to depart from or out of b. to leave the company of c. give up 1 <
quit a job
>
d. give up 2 <
quit smoking
>
intransitive verb 1. to cease normal, expected, or necessary action <
the engine quit
>
2. to give up employment 3. to admit defeat ; give up Synonyms: see stop III. noun Date: circa 1923 the act or an instance of quitting a job

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quit — [kwɪt] verb quit PTandPP also quitted quitting PRESPART [intransitive, transitive] 1. informal to leave your job, especially …   Financial and business terms

  • quit — [kwıt] v past tense and past participle quit also quitted BrE present participle quitting [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: quiter, from quite at rest, free of , from Latin quietus; QUIET1] 1.) [I and T] i …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quit — I (discontinue) verb abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, acknowledge defeat, admit defeat, apostatize, arrest, back out, become inactive, break off, bring to an end, call a halt, capitulate, cause a stoppage, cause to halt, cease, cease progress,… …   Law dictionary

  • quit — [ kwıt ] (past tense and past participle quit) verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive INFORMAL to leave a job or school permanently: She quit after only six months on the job. His decision to quit international soccer has shocked everyone. quit… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Quit — can mean: * To quit, or resign from, one s job or in general any activity being performed * To quit, or cease, an addiction * QUIT!, the activist group * An abbreviation of grassquit, a small bird of the tropical Americas * An I Quit match in… …   Wikipedia

  • Quit — (kw[i^]t), a. [OE. quite, OF. quite, F. quitte. See {Quit}, v., {Quiet}.] Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear; absolved; acquitted. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The owner of the ox shall be quit. Ex. xxi. 28. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quit — ► VERB (quitting; past and past part. quitted or quit) 1) leave, especially permanently. 2) resign from (a job). 3) informal, chiefly N. Amer. stop or discontinue. 4) (quit oneself) archaic behave in a specified way …   English terms dictionary

  • Quit — (kw[i^]t), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native of tropical America. See {Banana quit}, under {Banana}, and {Guitguit}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quit — [v1] abandon, leave abdicate, blow*, book*, bow out, check out, cut out*, decamp, depart, desert, drop, drop out, evacuate, exit, forsake, get off, give up, go, go away from, hang it up*, leave flat*, leave hanging*, pull out, push off*,… …   New thesaurus

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