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:


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

-- Ted Turner (American Businessman)

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 quit my band in New York City in 1969 and I got really angry at them. I got angry at one of my guitar players and I dove over the drum set and we got into a fight.

-- Steven Tyler (American Musician)

Our coach was absolutely out of his head. He must have read Bear Bryant's book. We had 78 players out. The first day 35 quit. Twenty quit the second day. We ended with 17 players. It was depressing.

-- Merlin Olsen (American Athlete)

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 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)

Maybe I should quit the business. There's no one left for me to love. Mama's dead. Mr. Burns couldn't care less about me. What's left?

-- Bobby Darin (American Musician)

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

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (American Writer)

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 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)

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

-- Bill Maher ( Comedian)

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 quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer.

-- Theodore Sturgeon (American Writer)

The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project to win a Master of Arts degree in English when I quit being a newspaper editor and went back to college.

-- Tony Hillerman (American Author)

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

-- Craig Breedlove (American Celebrity)

As an actress, there were so many months, years even, when I didn't get work, when I wanted to quit.

-- Mariska Hargitay (American Actress)

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

-- Loni Anderson (American Actress)

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit.

-- Robert H. Schuller (American Clergyman)

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)

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

-- Carry Nation (American Activist)

I quit college. I was studying architecture for about a year.

-- Barry Mann (American Musician)

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

-- Vince Lombardi (American Coach)

I even believe if you're killing a team, you shouldn't stop. You should respect your opponents enough to play 100 percent the whole time. And by the same token, if you're getting killed by the other team, you should never quit.

-- Sue Wicks (American Athlete)

I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

I would have quit before I went rock-n-roll. I know one way, and that's natural, and when I can't make it, I'll come home and stay. I believe in my music.

-- Ralph Stanley (American Musician)

I'd like to quit the supernatural roles and play just an interesting, down-to-earth person.

-- Bela Lugosi (Austrian Actor)

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

-- Dean Stockwell (American Actor)

If I was 30th in points and not making races and not being competitive in races, I could understand them saying I'm over-the-hill or I'm ready to quit or whatever.

-- Dale Earnhardt (American Celebrity)

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)

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

-- Walt Disney (American Cartoonist)

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)

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

-- Harold Ramis (American Actor)

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)

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)

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)


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