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fit

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noun \ˈfit\

Definition of fit

archaic

  1. :  a division of a poem or song



Origin and Etymology of fit

Middle English, from Old English fitt; akin to Old Saxon fittea division of a poem, Old High German fizza skein


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fit

adjective

Simple Definition of fit

  • : proper or acceptable : morally or socially correct

  • : suitable for a specified purpose

  • : physically healthy and strong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fit

fitter

fittest

  1. 1 a (1) :  adapted to an end or design :  suitable by nature or by art (2) :  adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving b :  acceptable from a particular viewpoint (as of competence or morality) :  proper <a movie fit for the whole family>

  2. 2 a :  put into a suitable state :  made ready <get the house fit for company> b :  being in such a state as to be or seem ready to do or suffer something <fair fit to cry I was — Bryan MacMahon> <laughing fit to burst>

  3. 3 :  sound physically and mentally :  healthy

fitly

adverb

fit to be tied

  1. :  extremely angry or irritated

fit to kill

  1. :  in a striking manner <dressed fit to kill>

Examples of fit in a sentence

  1. Patients are encouraged to get fit.

  2. Are you fit enough to walk there?



Origin and Etymology of fit

Middle English; akin to Middle English fitten


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fit

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action <fit for battle>. suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands <clothes suitable for camping>. meet suggests a just proportioning <meet payment>. proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom <proper acknowledgement>. appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness <an appropriate gift>. fitting implies harmony of mood or tone <a fitting end>. apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination <apt quotations>. happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate <a happy choice of words>. felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful <a felicitous phrase>.

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fit

noun

Definition of fit

  1. 1 a :  a sudden violent attack of a disease (as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness :  paroxysm b :  a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance

  2. 2 :  a sudden burst or flurry (as of activity) <cleaned the whole house in a fit of efficiency>

  3. 3 :  an emotional reaction (as in anger or frustration) <has a fit when I show up late>

by fits

or

by fits and starts

or

in fits and starts

  1. :  in an impulsive and irregular manner <construction proceeded by fits and starts>



Origin and Etymology of fit

Middle English, from Old English fitt strife


First Known Use: circa 1541


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fit

verb

Simple Definition of fit

  • : to be the right size and shape for (someone or something)

  • : to go into or through a particular space

  • : to cause (something) to go into or through a particular space

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fit

fitted

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fit

fitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to be suitable for or to :  harmonize with b archaic :  to be seemly or proper for <it fits us then to be as provident as fear may teach us — Shakespeare>

  3. 2 a :  to conform correctly to the shape or size of <it doesn't fit me anymore> b (1) :  to insert or adjust until correctly in place <fit the mechanism into the box> (2) :  to make or adjust to the right shape and size <fitting the jacket to the customer> (3) :  to measure for determining the specifications of something to be worn by <fitted him for a new suit> c :  to make a place or room for :  accommodate

  4. 3 :  to be in agreement or accord with <the theory fits all the facts>

  5. 4 a :  to put into a condition of readiness b :  to cause to conform to or suit something

  6. 5 :  supply, equip <fitted the ship with new engines> —often used with out

  7. 6 :  to adjust (a smooth curve of a specified type) to a given set of points

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 archaic :  to be seemly, proper, or suitable

  10. 2 :  to conform to a particular shape or size; also :  to be accommodated <will we all fit into the car?>

  11. 3 :  to be in harmony or accord :  belong —often used with in

fitter

noun

Examples of fit in a sentence

  1. The suit fits him perfectly.

  2. I hope this key fits the lock.

  3. The two pieces fit each other perfectly.

  4. This calculator will fit nicely in your shirt pocket.

  5. The two pieces fit together perfectly.

  6. How many people can fit in a phone booth?

  7. The box was too large to fit through the door.

  8. I can't fit all these groceries into the trunk of my car.

  9. We weren't able to fit the box through the door.

  10. fitting the jacket to the customer



Origin and Etymology of fit

Middle English fitten to marshal troops, from or akin to Middle Dutch vitten to be suitable


First Known Use: 15th century


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fit

noun

Definition of fit

  1. :  the fact, condition, or manner of fitting or being fitted: as a :  the way clothing fits the wearer b :  the degree of closeness between surfaces in an assembly of parts c :  goodness of fit



1823

First Known Use of fit

1823


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fit

Definition of fit

  1. dialect past and past participle of fight



Rhymes with fit



FIT Defined for Kids

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fit

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adjective \ˈfit\

Definition of fit for Students

fitter

fittest

  1. 1 :  good enough :  suitable for <fit to eat>

  2. 2 :  physically healthy <He jogs to keep fit.>

  3. 3 :  made ready <The sailors were getting the ship fit for sea.>

fitness

noun



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fit

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noun

Definition of fit for Students

  1. :  a sudden attack or outburst <a fit of anger> <a fit of coughing>




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fit

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verb

Definition of fit for Students

fitted

fitting

  1. 1 :  to be the right shape or size <This shirt doesn't fit any more.>

  2. 2 :  to bring to the right shape or size <I had the suit fitted.>

  3. 3 :  to find room or time for <Can you fit this in your suitcase?> <The doctor can fit you in tomorrow.>

  4. 4 :  to go into a particular place <Will we all fit in your car?>

  5. 5 :  to be suitable for or to <I dressed to fit the occasion.>

  6. 6 :  equip <They fitted the ship with new engines.>




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fit

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noun

Definition of fit for Students

  1. :  the way something fits <a tight fit>




Medical Dictionary

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fit

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noun \ˈfit\

Medical Definition of fit

  1. 1:  a sudden violent attack of a disease (as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness :  paroxysm

  2. 2:  a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance <fits of shivering>




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fit

adjective

Medical Definition of fit

fitter

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fittest

  1. 1:  adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving

  2. 2:  sound physically and mentally :  healthy

fitness

noun



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fit

noun

Medical Definition of fit

  1. :  the fact, condition, or manner of being fitted or adapted





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