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verb British English pronunciation: quit /kwɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyquit
he/she/itquits
present participlequitting
past tensequit
past participlequit
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to leave a job or school permanently

    His decision to quit international football has shocked everyone.

    She quit after only six months in the job.

    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 doing something:

    Tell him to quit laughing at me.

    quit smoking:

    They encourage younger people to quit smoking.

  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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