quit-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: (cause to) cease an activity; stop doing something

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1 QUIT NP2
NOTE: activity may be implied, as in two final examples ('quit women' 'romantic involvement with women'), or as in 'quit cigarettes' = 'quit smoking'
NOTE: see [agent] alternations in 'the engine quit' and I quit the engine' examples
NOTE: this sense may be seen as a superset of senses 2 & 3

Quit teasing your little brother.
Let's quit the debate about whether greenhouse gases are caused by man or nature.
For people looking to quit the soft drink habit, a new ebook is available.
Ready to quit smoking and end all nicotine use?
It makes a negative G momentum long enough to make the engine quit.
I quit the engine, and enjoyed a 15 minute noise-free glide down to the landing field.
He had to quit teaching because of heart problems.
Quit while you're ahead.
You wouldn't quit women because of a bad one, would you?
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

PropBank: complete-55.2
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: resign from a position; leave a place, job or organization

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] QUIT NP2
NOTE: compare "quit teaching" example in sense 1 with first example; this sense refers to a specific position, while an activity can encompass more than one job

I can't work under this boss. I quit!
I had to quit my job as a teacher because of Access-A-Ride.
Christopher Eccleston has decided to quit the role of the 9th Doctor.
He felt compelled to quit his job.
About 50 percent of walk-ons quit the team because of the time commitment.
Four screenwriters quit the committee, joining a fifth who had quit earlier.
Why won't the US quit Iraq?
The Knight proudly answered that no one should make him quit the country.

PropBank: quit.01,complete-55.2
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: exit a program (computer)

If InDesign 2.0.2 is running, quit the application.
You will need to quit out of your browser to install the player.
How do I quit Windows from Access?

PropBank: complete-55.2