According to my dictionary (Cambridge Advanced Learner's), the two most frequent meanings of the word "quite" are surprisingly opposing:
- a little or a lot but not completely
Although there is a row of examples for each of the meanings, in my understanding the following sample sentences would match both of the meanings above:
The two situations are quite different.
You've made your position quite clear.
She seemed quite chirpy this morning.
It would be quite a nuisance to write to everyone.
It was quite a difficult job.
She was quite affable at the meeting.
There's quite a collection of toothbrushes in the bathroom.
How can I resp. how would you decide which meaning is meant for each of the following sentences?