1 adv You use quite to indicate that something is the case to a fairly great extent. Quite is less emphatic than `very' and `extremely'.
ADV adj/adv, ADV a n, ADV before v (vagueness)
I felt quite bitter about it at the time..., Well, actually it requires quite a bit of work and research..., I was quite a long way away, on the terrace...
2 adv You use quite to emphasize what you are saying.
ADV group, ADV before v (emphasis)
It is quite clear that we were firing in self defence..., That's a general British failing. In the USA it's quite different...
3 adv You use quite after a negative to make what you are saying weaker or less definite.
with brd-neg, ADV group, ADV before v (vagueness)
Something here is not quite right..., After treatment he was able to continue but he was never quite the same...
4 predet You use quite in front of a noun group to emphasize that a person or thing is very impressive or unusual.
PREDET a n (approval)
`Oh, he's quite a character,' Sean replied..., It's quite a city, Boston.
5 adv You can say `quite' to express your agreement with someone.
SPOKEN ADV as reply (formulae)
`And if you buy the record it's your choice isn't it.'—`Quite'...
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