Definitions for: Quit


[v] give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat; "In the second round, the challenger gave up"
[v] go away or leave
[v] turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever"
[v] give up or retire from a position; "The Secretary fo the Navy will leave office next month"; "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"
[v] put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quit, n. (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native
of tropical America. See Banana quit, under Banana, and
Guitguit.


Quit, a. [OE. quite, OF. quite, F. quitte. See Quit,
v., Quirt.]
Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear;
absolved; acquitted. --Chaucer.

The owner of the ox shall be quit. --Ex. xxi. 28.

Note: This word is sometimes used in the form quits,
colloquially; as, to be quits with one, that is, to
have made mutual satisfaction of demands with him; to
be even with him; hence, as an exclamation: Quits! we
are even, or on equal terms. ``To cry quits with the
commons in their complaints.'' --Fuller.


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. Quit, a., Quite, Acquit, Requite.]
1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or
oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. [R.]

To quit you of this fear, you have already looked
Death in the face; what have you found so terrible
in it? --Wake.

2. To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the
like; to absolve; to acquit.

There may no gold them quyte. --Chaucer.

God will relent, and quit thee all his debt.
--Milton.

3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and
satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to
requite; to repay.

The blissful martyr quyte you your meed. --Chaucer.

Enkindle all the sparks of nature To quit this
horrid act. --Shak.

Before that judge that quits each soul his hire.
--Fairfax.

4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of;
to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively.

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. --I Sam.
iv. 9.

Samson hath guit himself Like Samson. --Milton.

5. To carry through; to go through to the end. [Obs.]

Never worthy prince a day did quit With greater
hazard and with more renown. --Daniel.

6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to
depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to
quit the place; to quit jesting.

Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth
for appearance. --Locke.

To quit cost, to pay; to reimburse.

To quit scores, to make even; to clear mutually from
demands.

Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements
in the noble fruits that issue from it? --South.

Syn: To leave; relinquish; resign; abandon; forsake;
surrender; discharge; requite.

Usage: Quit, Leave. Leave is a general term, signifying
merely an act of departure; quit implies a going
without intention of return, a final and absolute
abandonment.


Quit, v. i.
To away; to depart; to stop doing a thing; to cease.

Synonyms: cease, chuck up the sponge, depart, discontinue, drop out, foreswear, give up, give up, lay off, leave office, relinquish, renounce, resign, step down, stop, take leave, throw in, throw in the towel

Antonyms: bear on, carry on, continue, enter, participate, preserve, stay, take office, uphold

See Also: abandon, beat a retreat, break, break camp, cheese, close off, congee, decamp, depart, disclaim, drop, fall, give up, give up, go away, go forth, knock off, leave, leave, leave off, peel of, plump out, pull the plug, pull up stakes, renounce, retire, retire, shut off, sign off, vacate, walk out of, withdraw

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Famous Quotes Containing Quit:


I got tired of the Ramones around the time I quit and I really got into rap. I thought it was the new punk rock. LL Cool J was my biggest idol.

-- Dee Dee Ramone (American Musician)

I met the guys through a friend of a friend, and their former drummer had quit. I wasn't too familiar with the Chili Peppers before that, so I joined at the end of 88' and we finished recording Mother's Milk at the end of 89', next thing I know I'm in Spin with a sock.

-- Chad Smith (American Musician)

I never want to quit playing ball. They'll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me out of it.

-- Roy Campanella (American Athlete)

After I quit my band, I definitely was so full, like I'm so full I could never eat again. I had that kind of feeling where the elements, like the touring stuff, were harder for me and I definitely felt fine not experiencing it again.

-- Jason Schwartzman (American Actor)

Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

My parents never pressured me to skate. They always said I could quit if I wanted to. They only expected me to skate when they had already paid for the expensive lessons. But, otherwise they said I could do what I wanted to do.

-- Nancy Kerrigan (American Athlete)

Quit worrying about your health. It will go away.

-- Robert Orben (American Entertainer)

I quit driving, I'm not retired.

-- Richard Petty (American Athlete)

I quit smoking well over twenty years ago.

-- Shelley Berman (American Comedian)

There's only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that's if we quit.

-- Craig Breedlove (American Celebrity)

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.

-- P. J. O'Rourke (American Comedian)

There are drugs that expand the soul, but cocaine is one that just closes the heart. It's a very alone, horrible sort of shrinking drug. I quit on my own, but there was a time when I feared I would have to go in for treatment. I really was in trouble.

-- Linda Hamilton (American Actress)

I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.

-- Barry Mann (American Musician)

After I saved some money, I quit work and went to a local college.

-- Lloyd Alexander (American Writer)

If I was 30th in points and not making races and not being competitive in races, I could understand them saying I'm over-the-hill or I'm ready to quit or whatever.

-- Dale Earnhardt (American Celebrity)

And then before going back for my sophomore year, I decided to change my major to arts and sciences, and my dad cut a deal with me: He said if I'd quit school he'd pay my rent for the next three years, as if I were in school.

-- Sarah Silverman (American Comedian)

Other actors like to rehearse on film-they like 30 or 40 takes. When you get an actor like that, it becomes difficult for me because I'm ready to quit after number two.

-- Richard Widmark (American Actor)

Marlon Brando said any guy can become an actor. It takes a real man to quit.

-- Clifton Davis ( -)

Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that I must make an effort to quit. I love acting; I love directing.

-- Joan Chen (Chinese Actress)

You always say 'I'll quit when I start to slide', and then one morning you wake up and realize you've done slid.

-- Sugar Ray Robinson (American Athlete)

But we need to quit taxing people upon death. No taxation without respiration.

-- Steve King (American Politician)

There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go.

-- Rainn Wilson (American Actor)

A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.

-- Zig Ziglar (American Author)

There's only one cure for what's wrong with all of us pitchers, and that's to take a year off. Then, after you've gone a year without throwing, quit altogether.

-- Jim Palmer (American Athlete)

My mother was in vaudeville, but after she had her children, she quit working.

-- Dean Stockwell (American Actor)

When I was 19, I made my first good week's pay as a club musician. It was enough money for me to quit my job at the factory and still pay the rent and buy some food. I freaked.

-- Billy Joel (American Musician)

Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.

-- Jack Nicklaus (American Athlete)

The legions of reporters who cover politics don't want to quit the clash and thunder of electoral combat for the dry duty of analyzing the federal budget. As a consequence, we have created the perpetual presidential campaign.

-- Hugh Sidey (American Journalist)

When I grew up, I studied karate for years. I got pretty strong, but eventually I had to acknowledge that I really didn't like fighting at all, so I quit.

-- Alison Bechdel (American Cartoonist)

So I quit my job and went to the New England Culinary Institute for the full two years and worked in the restaurant industry after that until finally I thought I had a grasp on what I needed to do what I do.

-- Alton Brown (American Entertainer)

I suppose that if I could have quit, I would have, because in those days I never wanted to be an actress, the acting was something to do while I waited for a chance to study writing and directing. But I guess I was just meant to be an actress. Because, here I am.

-- Judy Holliday (American Actress)

I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great, important men have quit to spend time with their families who spent any more time with their family.

-- Walter Cronkite (American Journalist)

Keep talking about moving toxic wastes, but never let it cross your mind to quit producing them. Keep Judging yourselves in Manson. Don't look in the mirror. You will serve the Earth as much as she serves you or you will commit suicide.

-- Lynette Fromme (American Criminal)

I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.

-- Richard Lewis (American Comedian)

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.

-- William Feather (American Author)


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