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meaning ‘to some extent’
You use quite in front of an adjective or adverb to show that something is the case to a fairly great extent but not to a very great extent. Quite is less emphatic than very and extremely.
He was quite young.
The end of the story can be told quite quickly.
In American English, this use of quite is not as common as it is in British English. Speakers of American English tend to use fairly instead.
This example is fairly typical.
You can also use quite in front of a, an adjective, and a noun. For example, instead of saying ‘It was quite cold’, you can say ‘It was quite a cold day’.
It's quite a good job.
She was quite a talented girl.
Be careful
In sentences like these you put quite in front of a, not after it. Don't say, for example, ‘It was a quite cold day’.
Be careful
Don't use ‘quite’ in front of comparative adjectives or adverbs. Don't say, for example, ‘The train is quite quicker than the bus’. Instead you use a bit, a little, or slightly.
I ought to do something a bit more ambitious.
He arrived a little earlier than he expected.
The risk of epidemics may be slightly higher in crowded urban areas.
Adverbs and adverbials (for graded lists of words used to indicate degree and extent)
meaning ‘very much’ or ‘completely’
Quite can be used with a different meaning. You can use it in front of an adjective, adverb, or verb to emphasize that something is completely the case or very much the case.
You're quite right.
I saw the driver quite clearly.
I quite understand.
Adverbs and adverbials (for a list of adverbs to emphasize a verb)
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