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:


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

-- Olivier Martinez (French 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)

Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.

-- E. Joseph Cossman ( Businessman)

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

-- Baltasar Gracian (Spanish Philosopher)

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

-- Joseph Campbell (American Author)

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

-- Napolean Hill (American Author)

Well, I quit smoking three weeks ago and I had a hard day today not smoking.

-- Eric Roberts (American Actor)

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

-- Tony Hawk (American Athlete)

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)

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 played, like, a year of piano until I learned the Pink Panther theme. That was my goal. Once I was good enough, I quit. Now my music has to have some rock.

-- Jack Black (American Actor)

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)

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

-- Jerome Cady ( -)

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

-- David Lee Roth (American Musician)

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

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

Americans never quit.

-- Douglas MacArthur (American Soldier)

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

-- Walt Disney (American Cartoonist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

I quit after a bad car accident. The thing about boxing is that you can be a star for five or six years, but when you go back to the old life, it's tough.

-- Olivier Martinez (French Actor)

I'm not one of these guys who says, Now I'm on a really hot show, better quit soon before I get labeled. That's the most ridiculous notion I'd ever heard.

-- Jeff Probst (American Entertainer)

I ended up in college by accident. Everything in my life, I ended up in by accident. I was down south in this high school doing whatever. It could just not contain me. I quit school and took off and traveled around. Nobody knew where I was I just couldn't handle it anymore. It was a big scandal, I was gone. I left.

-- Pauley Perrette (American Actress)

I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people.

-- Carter Burwell (American Composer)

You may get real tired watching me, but I'm not going to quit.

-- Harrison Ford (American Actor)

I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.

-- Arnold Palmer (American Athlete)

Marlon Brando said any guy can become an actor. It takes a real man to quit.

-- Clifton Davis ( -)

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)

Quit shouting those rerun songs at me.

-- Wesley Willis (American Musician)

I think one of the reasons people quit is because they're afraid they won't be able to get better and better; that they have to come to a zenith of some kind.

-- Conrad Hall (American Artist)

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

-- George Carlin (American Comedian)

We didn't lose Vietnam. We quit Vietnam.

-- Alexander Haig (American Public Servant)

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

-- Dan Fogelberg (American Musician)

I may play some exhibition games so I don't want to quit the game of chess completely. I just decided and it's a firm decision not to play competitive chess anymore.

-- Garry Kasparov (Azerbaijani Celebrity)


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