quite - definition and synonyms

adverb, predeterminer 

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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 an answer word): ‘I can’t talk about it over the phone.’ ‘Quite. I understand.’
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): That was quite the nicest party I’ve ever been to.
  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

    Are you quite sure you know what to do?

    It’s quite impossible to keep the house clean when all the children are here.

    I don’t quite understand the problem.

    The drawing’s not quite right.

    They’re doing a marvellous 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 behaviour we expect from a teacher.’ ‘Quite.’

    quite so:

    ‘It is most important that the matter should be kept secret.’ ‘Quite so.’

    quite right:

    ‘Some laws are meant to be broken.’ ‘Quite right.’