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 want all hellions to quit puffing that hell fume in God's clean air.

-- Carry Nation (American Activist)

Some children act as if they thought their parents had nothing to do, but to see them established in the world and then quit it.

-- Samuel Richardson (English Novelist)

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)

I never read Playboy before I started working there and stopped reading it the day I quit.

-- Harold Ramis (American Actor)

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.

-- Alexander Graham Bell (Scottish Inventor)

I quit after my seven-year contract with Universal was up. I quit for 33 years.

-- Gloria Stuart (American Actress)

I quit my job just to quit. I didn't quit my job to write fiction. I just didn't want to work anymore.

-- Don DeLillo (American Novelist)

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

-- Jack Nicklaus (American Athlete)

I don't have any regrets. When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets.

-- Amy Weber (American Actress)

No one wants to quit when he's losing and no one wants to quit when he's winning.

-- Richard Petty (American Athlete)

The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit.

-- David Lee Roth (American Musician)

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

-- Amy Lowell (American Poet)

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)

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

-- Whitey Herzog (American Athlete)

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

-- Richard Lewis (American Comedian)

I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn't go along with me, I quit them.

-- Elia Kazan (American Director)

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)

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 quit smoking well over twenty years ago.

-- Shelley Berman (American Comedian)

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)

Fellow made me a $10 bet I couldn't quit, and I haven't had a drink since. At the time I needed the $10.

-- Foster Brooks (American Actor)

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)

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)

Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

-- George Carlin (American Comedian)

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

-- Dan Fogelberg (American Musician)

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)

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)

Drugs were pretty easy to quit taking. I was never addicted to anything to begin with. But then, liquor - I had to wait about another six years before I finally got around to quitting that. I'm sure glad I did.

-- Alex Chilton (American Musician)

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

-- Jerome Cady ( -)

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

-- Napoleon Hill (American Writer)

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)

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)

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

-- Vince Lombardi (American Coach)

The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.

-- Morgan Freeman (American Actor)

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)


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