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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


Antonymsstay

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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