AskDefine | Define quit

Dictionary Definition



1 put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, stop, cease, give up, lay off] [ant: continue]
2 give up or retire from a position; "The Secretary fo the Navy will leave office next month"; "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal" [syn: leave office, step down, resign] [ant: take office]
3 go away or leave [syn: depart, take leave] [ant: stay]
4 turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever" [syn: foreswear, renounce, relinquish]
5 give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat; "In the second round, the challenger gave up" [syn: drop out, give up, fall by the wayside, drop by the wayside, throw in, throw in the towel, chuck up the sponge] [ant: enter] [also: quitting, quitted]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To stop doing something.
  2. To give up a habit.
  3. To leave a locality.
  4. past of quit

Usage notes

  • The past tense of quit is now quit for most speakers and writers; dictionaries usually allow quitted as an alternative, but it is rare or nonexistent in North America and Australia, and outnumbered by quit by about 16 to 1 in the British National Corpus. Quitted is more commonly used to mean "left". ie. She quitted her job.
  • In sense 1. this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs
Pam Peters, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, Cambridge University Press, p. 453.


to stop doing something
to give up a habit
to leave a locality
  • Catalan: sortir, eixir
  • Dutch: verlaten
  • Esperanto: forlasi
  • Finnish: lähteä, poistua, jättää
  • French: quitter
  • German: verlassen
  • Italian: lasciare
  • Japanese: 辞める
  • Portuguese: sair, abandonar
  • Spanish: salir, abandonar
  • Swedish: lämna
  • Telugu: వదలివెళ్ళు (vadaliveLLu)

Extensive Definition

Quit can mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, abscond, acquit, act, atone, back out, be pensioned, be superannuated, bear, beat a retreat, beat it, beg off, belay, blow, bow out, cancel, carry, cease, chuck, clear, clear of, clear off, come off, compensate, comport, conduct, cry off, cut it out, cut out, decamp, demean, demit, depart, depart from, deport, desert, desist, desist from, disappear, discard, discharge, discharged, discontinue, disuse, drop, drop it, drop out, end, evacuate, exempt from, exit, flee, forsake, free, free of, get away, get away from, get off, get satisfaction, give notice, give over, give up, go, go back on, go on, halt, have done with, hold, indemnify, jettison, jilt, kick back, knock it off, knock off, lay off, leave, leave behind, leave flat, leave off, let go, liquidate, make amends, make good, make reparation, make requital, make restitution, make retribution, make up for, make up to, maroon, nol-pros, not pursue with, pay, pay back, pay in kind, pay off, pay up, pension off, pull out, put behind one, quit cold, quit of, recompense, recoup, redress, refrain, refund, reimburse, relinquish, remove, renege, renounce, renounce the throne, repay, requite, resign, retire, retire from office, retreat, reward, rid, rid of, satisfy, say goodbye to, scrub, secede, settle, shed of, shut of, skip, square, stand aside, stand down, stay, step aside, stop, superannuate, surcease, surrender, take leave of, take off, terminate, throw over, vacate, vanish, waive, withdraw, withdraw from
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