quit

quit
[[t]kwɪ̱t[/t]]
quits, quitting
(The form quit is used in the present tense and is the past tense and past participle.)
1) VERB If you quit your job, you choose to leave it. [INFORMAL]

[V n] He quit his job as an office boy in Athens...

He figured he would quit before Johnson fired him.

2) VERB If you quit an activity or quit doing something, you stop doing it. [mainly AM]

[V n/-ing] A nicotine spray can help smokers quit the habit without putting on weight...

[V n/-ing] I was trying to quit smoking at the time.

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3) VERB If you quit a place, you leave it completely and do not go back to it.

[V n] Science fiction writers have long dreamt that humans might one day quit the earth to colonise other planets...

[V n] Police were called when he refused to quit the building.

4) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that you are going to call it quits, you mean that you have decided to stop doing something or being involved in something.

They raised $630,000 through listener donations, and then called it quits...

You can decide whether there is hope in working for mutual happiness, or if you should call it quits.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Quit — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Quit — (kw[i^]t), a. [OE. quite, OF. quite, F. quitte. See {Quit}, v., {Quiet}.] Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear; absolved; acquitted. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The owner of the ox shall be quit. Ex. xxi. 28. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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