Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “quite”

quite

adverb
 
 
/kwaɪt/
NOT COMPLETELY UK A2 a little or a lot but not completely: I'm quite tired, but I'm happy to walk a little further. He's quite attractive but not what I'd call gorgeous.Some and quite
VERY US very: My sister and I are quite different.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
COMPLETELY B1 completely: The two situations are quite different. Are you quite sure you want to go?Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressionsComplete and wholeVery and extreme
not quite B2 almost but not completely: I'm not quite sure that I understand this. He didn't get quite enough votes to win.AlmostMerely and barely
quite a bit/a few/a lot, etc A2 a large amount or number: There are quite a few letters for you here. He's changed quite a bit.Large in number or quantity
(Definition of quite from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Uncertainty, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “quite”

Definitions of “quite” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More