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Quite vs. Utterly — What's the Difference?

Quite vs. Utterly — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Quite and Utterly

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Quite

To the utmost or most absolute extent or degree; absolutely; completely
I quite agree
Quite frankly, I don't blame you
Are you quite certain about this?
It's quite out of the question
This is quite a different problem
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Utterly

Completely; absolutely; entirely.
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Quite

To a certain or fairly significant extent or degree; fairly
He's quite an attractive man
It's quite warm outside
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Utterly

; entirely; to the fullest extent.
Well, now we are utterly lost.
I have failed you utterly.
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Quite

Expressing agreement with or understanding of a remark or statement
‘I don't want to talk about that now.’ ‘Quite’
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Utterly

In an utter manner; to the full extent; fully; totally; as, utterly ruined; it is utterly vain.
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Quite

To the greatest extent; completely
Quite alone.
Not quite finished. See Usage Note at perfect.
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Utterly

Completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers;
An absolutely magnificent painting
A perfectly idiotic idea
You're perfectly right
Utterly miserable
You can be dead sure of my innocence
Was dead tired
Dead right
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Quite

Actually; really
I'm quite positive about it.
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Utterly

With sublimity; in a sublime manner;
Awaking in me, sublimely unconscious, interest and energy for tackling these tasks
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Quite

To a degree; rather
Quite soon.
Quite tasty.
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Quite

To the greatest extent or degree; completely, entirely.
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Quite

With verbs, especially past participles.
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Quite

With prepositional phrases and spatial adverbs.
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Quite

With predicative adjectives.
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Quite

With attributive adjectives, following an (especially indefinite) article; chiefly as expressing contrast, difference etc.
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Quite

Preceding nouns introduced by the indefinite article. Chiefly in negative constructions.
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Quite

With adverbs of manner.
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Quite

In a fully justified sense; truly, perfectly, actually.
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Quite

Coming before the indefinite article and an attributive adjective. (Now largely merged with moderative senses, below.)
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Quite

With plain adjectives, past participles, and adverbs.
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Quite

Coming before the definite article and an attributive superlative.
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Quite

Before a noun preceded by an indefinite article; now often with ironic implications that the noun in question is particularly noteworthy or remarkable.
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Quite

Before a noun preceded by the definite article.
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Quite

With prepositional or adverbial phrases.
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Quite

To a moderate extent or degree; somewhat, rather.
Mind your shoes, the basement is quite wet.
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Quite

Indicates agreement; exactly so.
“That's a rather ugly colour for a house, don't you think?” — “Quite.”
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Quite

(bullfighting) A series of passes made with the cape to distract the bull.
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Quite

See Quit.
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Quite

Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken.
Man shall not quite be lost, but saved who will.
The same actions may be aimed at different ends, and arise from quite contrary principles.
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Quite

To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably.
He really looks quite concerned.
The island stretches along the land and is quite close to it.
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Quite

To a degree (not used with a negative);
Quite tasty
Quite soon
Quite ill
Quite rich
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Quite

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
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Quite

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
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Quite

Actually or truly or to an extreme;
Was quite a sudden change
It's quite the thing to do
Quite the rage
Quite so!
Jun 14, 2023

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