1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. To quit you of this fear, you have already looked death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it? (wake)
3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay. The blissful martyr quyte you your meed. (Chaucer) Enkindle all the sparks of nature To quit this horrid act. (Shak) Before that judge that quits each soul his hire. (Fairfax)
4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; used reflexively. Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. (I sam. Iv. 9) Samson hath guit himself Like samson. (milton)
6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting. Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth for appearance. (locke) To quit cost, to pay; to reimburse. To quit scores, to make even; to clear mutually from demands. Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it? (south)
Origin: OE. Quiten, OF. Quiter, quitier, cuitier, F. Quitter, to acquit, quit, LL. Quietare, fr. L. Quietare to calm, to quiet, fr. Quietus quiet. See Quiet, and cf. Quit, Quite, Acquit, Requite.