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adverb, predeterminer quite pronunciation in American English /kwaɪt/
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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

    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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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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