By the end of the day we were rather tired.
The film wasn’t great but it was quite exciting.
and in informal English: pretty
We had a pretty good time at the party.
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When we use quite with a normal adjective, it makes the adjective less strong:
The food was quite bad.
My nephew is quite clever.
But when we use quite with a strong adjective, it means the same as absolutely:
Mitigators with comparatives
We use these words and phrases as mitigators:
just a bit
a little bit
just a little bit
She’s a bit younger than I am.
It takes two hours on the train but it is a little bit longer by road
This one is rather bigger.
We use slightly and rather as mitigators with comparative adjectives in front of a noun:
This is a slightly more expensive model than that.
This is a rather bigger one than that.