verb suf·fice \sə-ˈfīs also -ˈfīz\

: to be or provide as much as is needed : to be sufficient


Full Definition of SUFFICE

intransitive verb
:  to meet or satisfy a need :  be sufficient <a brief note will suffice> —often used with an impersonal it <suffice it to say that they are dedicated, serious personalities — Cheryl Aldridge>
:  to be competent or capable
transitive verb
:  to be enough for <a few more should suffice them>
suf·fic·er noun

Examples of SUFFICE

  1. No, you don't need to write a letter. A phone call will suffice.
  2. Her example alone should suffice to show that anything is possible.
  3. She's also decided that she can't countenance her mother, who gives Jane cash but demands that her daughter save every receipt or package to prove that she didn't spend the money on drugs. Suffice it to say, their short-lived truce is over. —Alec Klein, A Class Apart: Prodigies, Pressure, and Passion Inside One of America's Best High Schools, 2007

Origin of SUFFICE

Middle English, from Anglo-French suffis-, stem of suffire, from Latin sufficere to provide, be adequate, from sub- + facere to make, do — more at do
First Known Use: 14th century

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