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 have friends that are much better actors than I am that had to quit the business because they couldn't survive the auditions or the rejections, or people just didn't realize how good they were.

-- Robert Englund (American Actor)

I've been in Vegas. That's where you get into the money thing. Boy, you get greedy in Vegas, you know. That's the only place that you can bet $25, get it up to $500 and refuse to quit.

-- Louie Anderson (American Comedian)

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 ( -)

Literally, I think I've quit acting three or four times, only for a few days. Maybe for a few weeks.

-- Mark Ruffalo (American Actor)

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)

I would be very proud to have influenced anyone that I know or don't know to quit smoking.

-- Christy Turlington (American Model)

Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don't quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don't quit until you reach it. Never quit.

-- Bear Bryant (American Coach)

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)

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)

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

-- Ed Bradley (American Journalist)

My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought me along and taught me to never quit, and to strive to be the best.

-- Joe Montana ( Athlete)

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

-- William Hazlitt (English Critic)

Fear has nothing to do with cowardice. A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit.

-- Jerome Cady ( -)

I may quit the music business someday, but never the music.

-- Dan Fogelberg (American Musician)

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)

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

-- Craig Breedlove (American Celebrity)

Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.

-- Ross Perot (American Businessman)

Well, I liked it - that was the main thing. I liked it, but I didn't think of it in terms of a career. I didn't really know; I didn't really think about it. One thing just led to another until finally I quit my job as a salesman and found myself working as a photographer.

-- Herb Ritts (American Photographer)

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)

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (American Writer)

You know, I didn't have enough money to quit my day job... the myth of the major label deal. Nowadays, you have a tour bus and a stylist and all this stuff. But back then, no way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter (American Musician)

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

-- Richard Bach (American Novelist)

And my mother caught wind of this. She never had really tried to guide my career or really had any say in my life as an adult, but this was the one time she said she would never speak to me again if I quit acting.

-- Mark Ruffalo (American Actor)

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

-- Whitey Herzog (American Athlete)

I quit driving, I'm not retired.

-- Richard Petty (American Athlete)

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

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

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 wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.

-- Albert Ellis (American Psychologist)

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)

I quit because I didn't feel like the Detroit Lions had a chance to win. It just killed my enjoyment of the game.

-- Barry Sanders (American Athlete)

In grade school I was smart, but I didn't have any friends. In high school, I quit being smart and started having friends.

-- David Spade (American Actor)

Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.

-- Napoleon Hill (American Writer)

I'll quit coffee. It won't be easy drinking my Bailey's straight, but I'll get used to it. It'll still be the best part of waking up.

-- Megan Mullally (American Actress)

You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

-- Ted Turner (American Businessman)


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