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adverb, predeterminer uk   us   /kwaɪt/ UK
A2 a little or a lot but not completely: I'm quite tired but I can certainly walk a little further. There was quite a lot of traffic today but yesterday was even busier. It was quite a difficult job. He's quite attractive but not what I'd call gorgeous. It would be quite a nuisance to write to everyone.
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adverb uk   us   /kwaɪt/
B1 completely: The two situations are quite different. Are you quite sure you want to go? The colours almost match but not quite. I enjoyed her new book though it's not quite as good as her last one. Quite honestly/frankly, the thought of it terrified me.not quite B2 used to express that you are not certain about something: I don't quite know what to say. I didn't quite catch what he said. UK used to show agreement with someone's opinion: "You'd think he could spare some money - he's not exactly poor." "Quite."quite a/some sth used to say that someone or something is impressive, interesting, or unusual: That's quite a beard you've grown, young man! From a car manufacturer that, until quite recently, had very little experience in producing diesel engines at all, that's quite some achievement.quite the best, worst, etc. formal used for emphasis: It was quite the worst dinner I have ever had.
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