verb (used with object), quit or quitted, quitting.
to stop, cease, or discontinue:
She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house.
to depart from; leave (a place or person):
They quit the city for the seashore every summer.
to give up or resign; let go; relinquish:
He quit his claim to the throne. She quit her job.
to release one’s hold of (something grasped).
to acquit or conduct (oneself).
to free or rid (oneself): to quit oneself of doubts.
to clear (a debt); repay.
verb (used without object), quit or quitted, quitting.
to cease from doing something; stop.
to give up or resign one’s job or position:
He keeps threatening to quit.
to depart or leave.
to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.
released from obligation, penalty, etc.; free, clear, or rid (usually followed by of):
quit of all further responsibilities.
verb quits, quitting quitted, (mainly US) quit
(transitive) to depart from; leave: he quitted the place hastily
to resign; give up (a job): he quitted his job today
(intransitive) (of a tenant) to give up occupancy of premises and leave them: they received notice to quit
to desist or cease from (something or doing something); break off: quit laughing
(transitive) to pay off (a debt); discharge or settle
(transitive) (archaic) to conduct or acquit (oneself); comport (oneself): he quits himself with great dignity
(usually predicative) foll by of. free (from); released (from): he was quit of all responsibility for their safety
c.1200, “free, clear” (of debt, etc.), from Old French quite, quitte “free, clear, entire, at liberty; discharged; unmarried,” from Medieval Latin quitus, quittus, from Latin quietus “free” (in Medieval Latin “free from war, debts, etc.”), also “calm, resting” (see quiet (adj.)).
c.1200, “to repay, discharge” (a debt, etc.), from Old French quiter “clear, establish one’s innocence;” also transitive, “release, let go, relinquish, abandon” (12c.), from quite (see quit (adj.)).
Meaning “to reward, give reward” is mid-13c., that of “take revenge; to answer, retort” and “to acquit oneself” are late 14c. From c.1300 as “to acquit (of a charge), declare not guilty.” Sense of “leave, depart” is attested from c.1400; that of “stop” (doing something) is from 1640s. Meaning “to give up, relinquish” is from mid-15c. Related: Quitted; quitting. Quitting time is from 1835.
In addition to the idiom beginning with quit
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