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English verb: quit

1. quit (stative) put an end to a state or an activity

SamplesQuit teasing your little brother.

ExamplesThey quit moving

Synonymscease, discontinue, give up, lay off, stop

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Narrower (hyponym)break, call it a day, call it quits, cheese, close off, drop, knock off, leave off, pull the plug, retire, shut off, sign off, withdraw

Antonymspreserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on

2. quit (social) give up or retire from a position

SamplesThe Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month.
The chairman resigned over the financial scandal.

Synonymsleave office, resign, step down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)depart, leave, pull up stakes

Narrower (hyponym)fall, give up, renounce, resign, retire, top out, vacate

Antonymstake office

3. quit (motion) go away or leave

Synonymsdepart, take leave

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

Narrower (hyponym)beat a retreat, break camp, congee, decamp, plump out, walk out of


4. quit (possession) turn away from; give up

SamplesI am foreswearing women forever.

Synonymsforeswear, relinquish, renounce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)abandon, give up

Narrower (hyponym)disclaim

5. quit (competition) give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat

SamplesIn the second round, the challenger gave up.

Synonymschuck up the sponge, drop by the wayside, drop out, fall by the wayside, give up, throw in, throw in the towel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Antonymsenter, participate

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