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

v put an end to a state or an activity

Quit teasing your little brother”
cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, stop
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

v give up or retire from a position

leave office, resign, step down
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

v give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat

v turn away from; give up

foreswear, relinquish, renounce
renounce a legal claim or title to
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abandon, give up
give up with the intent of never claiming again

v go away or leave

depart, take leave
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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