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:


No man enjoys the true taste of life, but he who is ready and willing to quit it.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

On recovering my senses, I hastened to quit a place where I hoped there was nothing further to detain me. I first filled my pockets with gold, then fastened the strings of the purse round my neck, and concealed it in my bosom.

-- Adelbert von Chamisso (German Poet)

I quit driving, I'm not retired.

-- Richard Petty (American Athlete)

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)

I won't quit skating until I am physically unable.

-- Tony Hawk (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)

Maybe I should quit the business. There's no one left for me to love. Mama's dead. Mr. Burns couldn't care less about me. What's left?

-- Bobby Darin (American Musician)

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)

I quit the tax job then and decided that I was going to play in a band. I answered ads in the Village Voice and went through two days of auditioning for bands.

-- Robert Quine (American Musician)

Right now, it hasn't affected my music other than the fact that I don't have time to write any of it. That's no different from when I first started and I lived at home. I would play the guitar in the afternoon and then my mom or my dad would come home and I'd have to quit.

-- Paul Westerberg (American Musician)

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

-- Napolean Hill (American Author)

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.

-- Ogden Nash (American Poet)

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)

Quit shouting those rerun songs at me.

-- Wesley Willis (American Musician)

Take everything easy and quit dreaming and brooding and you will be well guarded from a thousand evils.

-- Amy Lowell (American Poet)

The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.

-- William Hazlitt (English Critic)

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.

-- Allen Neuharth (American Businessman)

The expansion of tobacco cessation centers is an important part of our historic and continuing effort to help smokers quit. The expansion of these centers will give even more New Yorkers the help they need to quit once and for all.

-- George E. Pataki (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)

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.

-- Conrad Hilton (American Businessman)

Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. You need not. You can crash through... whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.

-- Vernon Howard (American Author)

I will work on Invincible until I am made to quit.

-- Robert Kirkman (American Writer)

I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

Seventy-five percent of women who smoke would like to quit, and yet only two to three percent quit every year... It's significant because we can help women quit smoking.

-- David Satcher ( -)

If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.

-- Shelley Long (American Actress)

Iron Maiden is an institution, and I'm delighted that I'm involved in it, but there was a time that I wasn't delighted so I quit.

-- Bruce Dickinson (English Musician)

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

-- Lance Armstrong (American Athlete)

I made the decision to come back to New York, quit my job and move to Paris.

-- Ed Bradley (American Journalist)

I actually got the part. And I thought, Well, I'll do it for a while. I'll just quit if it's stupid.

-- Rob Corddry (American Comedian)

I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.

-- Arnold Palmer (American Athlete)

One of my resolutions is to quit smoking. I've tried for the past two years, but this year I am going to stick with it.

-- John Oldham (American Celebrity)

Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it.

-- Whitey Herzog (American Athlete)

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

-- Thomas J. Watson (American Scientist)

I won't quit to become someone's old lady.

-- Janis Joplin (American Musician)


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