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English definition of “quite”

quite

adverb, predeterminer     /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.Some and quite Grammar:Quiet or quite?See moreGrammar:QuiteQuite is a degree adverb. It has two meanings depending on the word that follows it: ‘a little, moderately but not very’ and ‘very, totally or completely’:See moreGrammar:Quite + gradable adjectives and adverbsWhen we use quite with a gradable adjective or adverb, it usually means ‘a little, moderately but not very’. It has a similar meaning to ‘rather’ or ‘fairly’:See moreGrammar:Quite + non-gradable adjectives and adverbsWhen we use quite with a non-gradable adjective or adverb (an extreme adjective or adverb has a maximum and/or minimum, for example right – wrong), it usually means ‘very’, ‘totally’ or ‘completely’:See moreGrammar:Quite + nounsWe can use quite + a/an before a noun to give it more emphasis or importance:See moreGrammar:Quite a bit, quite a few, quite a lotWe often use quite with a bit, a few and a lot to refer to large amounts and quantities:See moreGrammar:Quite + verbsSee moreGrammar:Not quite meaning ‘not completely’We often use not quite to mean ‘not completely’. We can use it with adjectives, adverbs, nouns, non-finite clauses, prepositional phrases and wh-clauses:See more
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