Quite

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Definition

(he's) quite (handsome): (he's) fairly, reasonably, rather, somewhat (handsome)
adverb
Note that 'quite' can mean both 'very' and 'rather', depending on its context:

I am quite fond of her. I rather like her.
She is quite smart. She is rather intelligent.
There are quite a few customers complaining. There are lots of customers complaining.
Those figures don't seem quite right. Those figures don't seem totally correct.
There are not quite as many guests as there were last time. There are slightly fewer guests than last time.

(-What a beautiful day!) -Quite!: (-What a beautiful day!) -You're right, I agree, absolutely!
idiom
Pronunciation examples
UK: These strawberries are quite tasty.
US: Yes, they are quite tasty. And not quite as expensive as the last batch.
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Examples

  • "It's quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn't it?"
  • "Brian : Um, well um… actually I do have quite a slight preference for…"
  • "For the first time in a long while, I feel uninspired and quite frankly, I'm tired."
  • "I know you are quite a forgetful diary, so here's a recap of the current situation"
  • "A 15-year-old boy wreaked havoc today at White Dove High School when he pulled out candy from his bag and threw it 'quite hard' at fellow students."
  • "The answer is quite simple."
  • "Edward : I quite like how realistic it is."
  • "Judge : Well, personally I found that argument quite convincing, but, I suppose that legally, you're entitled to defend yourself, Mr. Delavigne."
  • "-Well, quite."
  • "A fellow student said 'Zack was careful not to throw the candy directly at people, but a caramel square did land quite near my foot'."

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