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quite
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quite /kwait/
  • phó từ
    • hoàn toàn, hầu hết, đúng là
      • quite new: hoàn toàn mới mẻ
      • not quite finished: chưa xong hẳn
      • quite other: rất khác, khác hẳn
      • to be quite a hero: đúng là một anh hùng
    • khá
      • quite a long time: khá lâu
      • quite a few: một số kha khá
    • đúng, đồng ý, phải (trong câu đáp)
      • quite so: đúng thế
      • yes, quite: phải, đúng đấy
    • he (she) isn't quite
      • ông ta (bà ta) không phải là người lịch sự
Concise Dictionary
kwaɪt
adv.
+to a degree (not used with a negative)
+to the greatest extent; completely
+of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
+actually or truly or to an extreme

Thesaurus Dictionary
adv.
1 completely, very, totally, utterly, entirely, from head to toe, from A to Z, fully, wholly, thoroughly, unequivocally, absolutely, perfectly, altogether, unreservedly:
Her trouble is that she is quite certain of many things that are simply not the case. The last time I saw him, he was quite drunk
2 rather, fairly, moderately, somewhat, relatively, to some or a certain extent or degree, noticeably:
I thought that the paintings were quite well done.
3 rather:
We had quite a good dinner last night.
4 very much, totally, entirely, wholly, altogether; really, actually, truly, definitely, positively, undoubtedly, indubitably, absolutely, unequivocally, certainly, surely, unreservedly, honestly:
What you are talking about is quite another matter. Your home-made chutney is quite the best I have ever tasted.
Advanced English Dictionary
+ adverb
1 (BrE) (not used with a negative) to some degree
Synonym: FAIRLY, PRETTY
quite big / good / cold / warm / interesting + He plays quite well. + I quite like opera.
Help Note: When quite is used with an adjective before a noun, it comes before a or an. You can say: It's quite a small house. or Their house is quite small. but not It's a quite small house.
2 (BrE) to the greatest possible degree
Synonym: COMPLETELY, ABSOLUTELY, ENTIRELY
quite delicious / amazing / empty / perfect + This is quite a different problem. + I'm quite happy to wait for you here. + Flying is quite the best way to travel. + It wasn't quite as simple as I thought it would be. + Quite frankly, I don't blame you. + I've had quite enough of your tantrums. + Are you quite sure? + I quite agree. + I don't quite know what to do next. + Quite apart from all the work, he had financial problems. + The theatre was not quite (= was almost) full. + It's like being in the Alps, but not quite. + (spoken) 'I almost think she prefers animals to people.' 'Quite right too,' said Bill. + 'I'm sorry to be so difficult.' 'That's quite all right.'
3 to a great degree; very; really: You'll be quite comfortable here. + I can see it quite clearly. + (AmE) 'You've no intention of coming back?' 'I'm quite sorry, but no, I have not.'
4 (also formal quite so) (BrE) used to agree with sb or show that you understand them: 'He's bound to feel shaken after his accident.' 'Quite.' + 'It's not something we want to have talked about.' 'Quite so.'
Idioms: quite a / the sth (also informal quite some sth) used to show that a person or thing is particularly impressive or unusual in some way: She's quite a beauty. + We found it quite a change when we moved to London. + He's quite the little gentleman, isn't he? + It must be quite some car.
quite a lot (of sth) (also BrE informal quite a bit) a large number or amount of sth: We drank quite a lot of wine.
quite some sth
1 a large amount of sth: She hasn't been seen for quite some time.
2 (informal) = QUITE A / THE STH
more at CONTRARY, FEW pron.
WHICH WORD?
quite / fairly / rather / pretty
Look at these examples: The exam was fairly difficult.
The exam was quite difficult.
The exam was rather difficult.
Quite is a little stronger than fairly and rather is a little stronger than quite. Rather is not very common in AmE; pretty has the same meaning and this is used in informal BrE too: The exam was pretty difficult.
In BrE quite has two meanings: I feel quite tired today (=fairly tired). With adjectives that describe an extreme state ('non-gradable' adjectives) it means 'completely' or 'absolutely':
I feel quite exhausted. With some adjectives, both meanings are possible. The speaker's stress and intonation will show you which is meant:
Your essay is quite good (= fairly good - it could be better); Your essay is quite good (= very good, especially when this is unexpected).

In AmE quite usually means something like 'very', not 'fairly' or 'rather'. Pretty is used instead for this sense.


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