1. To the greatest extent; completely: quite alone; not quite finished. See Usage Note at perfect.
2. Actually; really: I'm quite positive about it.
3. To a degree; rather: quite soon; quite tasty.
[Middle English, from quite, clear, free, from Old French, from Latin quiētus, freed; see QUIET.]
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