Quit, v. i. To go away; to depart; to stop doing a thing; to cease.
Quit n. Zool. Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native of tropical America. See Banana quit, under Banana, and Guitguit.
Quit a. Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear; absolved; acquitted.
The owner of the ox shall be quit. --Ex. xxi. 28.
Note: ☞ This word is sometimes used in the form quits, colloquially; as, to be quits with one, that is, to have made mutual satisfaction of demands with him; to be even with him; hence, as an exclamation: Quits! we are even, or on equal terms. “To cry quits with the commons in their complaints.”
Quit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quit or Quitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Quitting.]
1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. [R.]
To quit you of this fear, you have already looked Death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it? --Wake.
2. To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the like; to absolve; to acquit.
There may no gold them quyte. --Chaucer.
God will relent, and quit thee all his debt. --Milton.
3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay.
The blissful martyr quyte you your meed. --Chaucer.
Enkindle all the sparks of nature
To quit this horrid act. --Shak.
Before that judge that quits each soul his hire. --Fairfax.
4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively.
Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. --1 Sam. iv. 9.
Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson. --Milton.
5. To carry through; to go through to the end. [Obs.]
Never worthy prince a day did quit
With greater hazard and with more renown. --Daniel.
6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting.
Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth for appearance. --Locke.
To quit cost, to pay; to reimburse.
To quit scores, to make even; to clear mutually from demands.
Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it? --South.
Syn: -- To leave; relinquish; resign; abandon; forsake; surrender; discharge; requite.
Usage: -- Quit, Leave. Leave is a general term, signifying merely an act of departure; quit implies a going without intention of return, a final and absolute abandonment.
v 1: put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your
little brother" [syn: discontinue, stop, cease, give
up, lay off] [ant: continue]
2: give up or retire from a position; "The Secretary fo the
Navy will leave office next month"; "The chairman resigned
over the financial scandal" [syn: leave office, step
down, resign] [ant: take office]
3: go away or leave [syn: depart, take leave] [ant: stay]
4: turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever"
[syn: foreswear, renounce, relinquish]
5: give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat;
"In the second round, the challenger gave up" [syn: drop
out, give up, fall by the wayside, drop by the
wayside, throw in, throw in the towel, chuck up the
sponge] [ant: enter]
[also: quitting, quitted]