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adverb, predeterminer quite pronunciation in American English /kwaɪt/
Quite can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb (before an adjective or adverb): I was quite angry with her. (before a verb): I quite agree with you.I can’t quite decide which dress to wear today.
as a predeterminer (followed by “a/an” and a noun): I was taking quite a risk when I decided to talk to him. (followed by “the” and a noun): She’s quite the little comedian.
 
  1. 1
    fairly but not very
    I was feeling quite tired after our walk.
    They said the dog was quite badly injured.
    quite a good/big etc. something: We had to wait for quite a long time.
    There’s quite a steep slope down to the river.
    He was quite a good musician.
  2. 2
    [usually in negatives] completely
    I don’t quite understand the problem.
    The drawing’s not quite right.
    They’re doing a great job, but they haven’t quite finished.
    “Are you ready?” “Not quite.”
  3. 3
    very
    The organizers have achieved something quite extraordinary.
    The hotel was dirty and the food was quite disgusting.
  4. 4
    [always in negatives] used after a negative word to mean that something is not exactly correct or clear
    I’m not sure that “respect” is quite the right word.
    not quite what/why/how etc.: I don’t know quite why you’ve come here and I suggest you leave.
    We couldn’t quite remember where you lived.
  5. 5
    British spoken used for showing that you agree with what someone has said
    “It’s not the kind of behavior we expect from a teacher.” “Quite.”
    quite so: “It is most important that the matter should be kept secret.” “Quite so.”

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