Meaning of “quit” in the English Dictionary

"quit" in British English

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quitverb [ I or T ]

uk /kwɪt/ us /kwɪt/ present participle quitting, past tense and past participle quit

B1 to stop doing something or leave a job or a place:

Would you quit your job if you inherited lots of money?
[ + -ing verb ] I'm going to quit smoking.
Quit wasting my time!
Press Q to quit the program.

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  • I don't know why she quit her job.
  • Despite opposition from his family, he quit school and became an actor.
  • The nicotine patches are designed to help people quit smoking.
  • He's dropped several hints to the boss that he'll quit if he doesn't get a promotion.
  • Quit teasing your brother like that.

(Definition of “quit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quit" in American English

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quitverb [ I/T ]

us /kwɪt/ quitting, past tense and past participle quit

to leave a job or a place, or to stop doing something:

[ I ] Her assistant quit without an explanation.
[ T ] I quit working to be at home with the kids.
[ T ] Quit worrying about him – he’ll be fine!

(Definition of “quit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"quit" in Business English

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quitverb [ I or T ]

uk /kwɪt/ us

informal HR, WORKPLACE to leave your job:

quit your job (as sth) Unable to drive, Lee was forced to quit his job.
Mr. Turner quit his job as a loan officer to take up dairy farming.
If she hates her job, why doesn't she quit?

informal to leave a place or stop an activity:

He hates Britain and wants to quit for good.
I would love to quit magazine work.
quit doing sth As many as a third of producers have indicated that they intend to quit milking cows unless returns improve.

IT to close a program on a computer:

If a window appears asking you whether to quit any open applications, click Continue.

(Definition of “quit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)