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:


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)

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired - you quit when the gorilla is tired.

-- Robert Strauss ( Actor)

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)

If I'm just at the White House, I have meetings in my office, I sign letters, I plan different things. Late in the afternoon, I'll quit working and wait for my husband to get home.

-- Laura Bush (American First Lady)

Restless, and in desperate need of adventure, I quit my job at an insurance company to travel west with a couple of guys I smoked pot with, scandalizing my family.

-- Mink Stole (American Actress)

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

-- Dean Stockwell (American Actor)

Americans never quit.

-- Douglas MacArthur (American Soldier)

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 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)

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

-- Jerome Cady ( -)

It makes my wife mad, you know, she wants me to stay home all the time. But its what I've done all my life and I think when I quit doing it I'll probably go away pretty quick.

-- Merle Haggard (American Musician)

Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.

-- Richard M. Nixon (American President)

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

-- Joseph Campbell (American Author)

Once you are hooked, smoking is harder to quit then heroin.

-- Loni Anderson (American Actress)

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

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (American Writer)

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 quit comics because I got completely sick of it. I was drawing comics all the time and didn't have the time or energy to do anything else. That got to me in the end.

-- Julie Doucet (Canadian Artist)

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

-- Robert Kirkman (American Writer)

I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn't see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.

-- Barry White (American Musician)

Homey don't quit. What else are you gonna do? It's like those guys in the cartoon they get up in the morning, check the clock and fight all day and after it's over they check the clock and go home. That's how it goes.

-- Chubby Checker (American Musician)

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)

Suicide is man's way of telling God, "You can't fire me - I quit."

-- Bill Maher ( Comedian)

I could finally quit my job as a bartender and stop dreaming that I might be Superman and know that I was. Then I started thinking about how cool it was.

-- Brandon Routh (American Actor)

I've known for years that you're supposed to be present. I know that thinking about what's happened or thinking about what I want is not going to get me anywhere, but until I quit doing it I'm not present.

-- Mariel Hemingway (American Actress)

For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Author)

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)

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

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

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 told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.

-- Henny Youngman (American Comedian)

I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again.

-- Macaulay Culkin (American Actor)

Quit worrying about your health. It will go away.

-- Robert Orben (American Entertainer)

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

-- Janis Joplin (American Musician)

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.

-- George Allen, Sr. (American Coach)

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)

You can never rely on musicians. I quit high school at one point to make a go of it with this band and we kept breaking up. So I went back to school.

-- David James Elliott (Canadian Actor)


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