views updated May 29 2018

quit1 / kwit/ • v. (quit·ting ; past and past part. quit·ted or quit ) 1. [tr.] leave (a place), usually permanently: he was ordered to quit the cabin immediately. ∎ inf. resign from (a job): she quit her job in a pizza restaurant | [intr.] he quit as manager of struggling Third Division City. ∎ inf. stop or discontinue (an action or activity): quit moaning! I want to quit smoking. 2. (quit oneself) archaic behave in a specified way: quit yourselves like men, and fight.• adj. (quit of) rid of: I want to be quit of him.PHRASES: quit hold of archaic let go of.quit2 • n. [in comb.] used in names of various small songbirds found in the Caribbean area, e.g., bananaquit, grassquit.


views updated May 18 2018

quit1 adj. free, clear of. XIII. (i) ME. quīt, quīte (surviving in QUITE) — OF. quite — L. quiētus QUIET. Superseded by (ii) later ME. or early mod. quit(te) — (O)F. quitte — medL. quittus, special development of L. quiētus.


views updated May 18 2018

A. vb. † set free, clear, clear off;

B. †repay, requite;

C. renounce; leave. XIV. ME. quitte, repl. earlier quite (XIII), — (O)F. quitter, earlier quiter; cf. medL. quittāre, quiētāre, f. L. quiētus QUIT1.


views updated May 09 2018


To vacate; remove from; surrender possession.

When a tenant leaves premises that he or she has been renting, the tenant is said to quit such premises.

A notice to quit is written notification given by a landlord to a tenant that indicates that the landlord wants to repossess the premises and that the tenant must vacate them at a certain designated time.