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quite

Quite means "really," "completely," "rather," "exceptionally," or "actually." That's quite a lot of synonyms for one word!

If you're quite sure, you're completely sure. If you're quite the athlete, you are exceptionally (or unusually) athletic. If it's quite cold outside, it's really cold. And if something is quite true, it actually is. Is that quite clear?

Definitions of quite
  1. adverb
    to the greatest extent; completely
    “you're quite right”
    “she was quite alone”
    “was quite mistaken”
    quite the opposite”
    “not quite finished”
    “did not quite make it”
  2. adverb
    actually or truly or to an extreme
    “was quite a sudden change”
    “it's quite the thing to do”
    quite the rage”
    Quite so!”
  3. adverb
    to a degree (not used with a negative)
    quite tasty”
    quite soon”
    quite ill”
    quite rich”
    synonyms: rather
  4. adverb
    of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)
    “her victory was quite something”
    “she's quite a girl”
    quite a film”
    quite a walk”
    “we've had quite an afternoon”
    synonyms: quite a, quite an
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