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)

Now that I'm gettin' old enough to get some money, I'd like to have some money. I don't get much made, I need to conquer a big chunk of money. Not quit playin' but quit playin' so hard.

-- Muddy Waters (American Musician)

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)

Mom never quit on me. My only regret is that she didn't live long enough to share some of the money and comforts my work in show business has brought me.

-- Ethel Waters (American Musician)

I didn't quit movies. They quit me.

-- Jane Powell ( -)

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

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

The last few years I've been saying I was ready to quit. It wasn't that interesting to me. Now that I'm directing, it's all new again.

-- Denzel Washington (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)

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's a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.

-- Carrie Underwood (American Musician)

I quit smoking well over twenty years ago.

-- Shelley Berman (American Comedian)

I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior.

-- Hedy Lamarr (Austrian Actress)

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

-- Conrad Hilton (American Businessman)

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)

You're never a loser until you quit trying.

-- Mike Ditka (American Coach)

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 won't quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.

-- Jack Lemmon (American Actor)

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 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)

We can't control it, and we've basically quit trying. People are going to talk, and people are going to lie.

-- Nick Lachey (American Musician)

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

-- Gloria Stuart (American Actress)

I want freedom and I realize that the only way to get it is to quit breaking the law.

-- Gary Gilmore (American Criminal)

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)

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.

-- Babe Ruth (American Athlete)

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)

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)

Up to nineteen seventy six when I quit gymnastics I was very, disappointed because I didn't have anything which is, live with. I didn't have a friend so I didn't have a coach anymore.

-- Olga Korbut (Russian Athlete)

It's like all the signs were telling me that I shouldn't be a boxer, so I quit.

-- Olivier Martinez (French Actor)

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it.

-- W. C. Fields (American Comedian)

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

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

They seem not to listen to what I have to say, so I'm going to quit.

-- Richard Kerry (American Diplomat)

Knowing when to quit is probably a very important thing, but I just am not ready.

-- James Taylor ( Musician)

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

-- Vince Lombardi (American Coach)

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

-- Ed Bradley (American Journalist)


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