Definition 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.

Examples

  • "Edward : I quite like how realistic it is."
  • "But again, it seemed like we weren't quite on the same wavelength."
  • "-Well, quite."
  • "It's quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn't it?"
  • "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"."
  • "For the first time in a long while, I feel uninspired and quite frankly, I'm tired."
  • "Brian : Um, well um… actually I do have quite a slight preference for…"
  • "Susie : Oh, that's quite interesting."
  • "I believe he said that Delavigne was "quite content without our sales"."
  • "I know you are quite a forgetful diary, so here's a recap of the current situation"

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