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verb quit pronunciation in American English /kwɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlequitting
past tensequit
past participlequit
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to leave a job or school permanently
    She quit after only six months on the job.
    His decision to quit international soccer has shocked everyone.
    quit as: He is quitting as manager of the England team.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to stop doing something
    She drinks so much, she could never quit now.
    quit smoking: They encourage younger people to quit smoking.
    quit doing something: Tell him to quit laughing at me.
  3. 3
    [transitive] formal to leave a place
    notice to quit (=an official order to leave a place within a certain time): Their landlord has given them notice to quit.


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