To quit means to stop doing something. You might quit a lousy job or quit eating dessert.

The verb quit can also mean to leave a place or depart from a location. This meaning isn't used as frequently in conversation now as it used to be, but you can still use it to mean leaving somewhere. For example, if you choose to move from sunny California to Maine because you think you'll like the seasons better, you could say you plan to quit California for a colder climate.

Definitions of quit
  1. verb
    put an end to a state or an activity
    Quit teasing your little brother”
    synonyms: cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, stop
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    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
    continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
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    drop, knock off
    stop pursuing or acting
    leave off
    stop using
    sign off
    cease broadcasting; get off the air; as of radio stations
    retire, withdraw
    withdraw from active participation
    pull the plug
    prevent from happening or continuing
    close off, shut off
    stem the flow of
    used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
    call it a day, call it quits
    stop doing what one is doing
    give up
    nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi
    drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records
    drop out
    withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values
  2. verb
    give up or retire from a position
    synonyms: leave office, resign, step down
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    take office
    assume an office, duty, or title
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    give up, renounce, resign, vacate
    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
    top out
    give up one's career just as one becomes very successful
    lose office or power
    retire or become ineligible because of old age or infirmity
    abdicate, renounce
    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
    bow out, withdraw
    retire gracefully
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    depart, leave, pull up stakes
    remove oneself from an association with or participation in
  3. verb
    give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
  4. verb
    turn away from; give up
    synonyms: foreswear, forsake, relinquish, renounce
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    renounce a legal claim or title to
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    abandon, give up
    give up with the intent of never claiming again
  5. verb
    go away or leave
    synonyms: depart, take leave
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    remain behind
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    walk out of
    leave, usually as an expression of disapproval
    depart after obtaining formal permission
    beat a retreat
    depart hastily
    plump out
    depart suddenly
    break camp, decamp
    leave a camp
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    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
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