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suffice

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verb suf·fice \sə-ˈfīs also -ˈfīz\

Simple Definition of suffice

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of suffice

sufficed

sufficing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  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>

  3. 2 :  to be competent or capable

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to be enough for <a few more should suffice them>

sufficer

noun

Examples of suffice in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. Thirteen years later, I still don't know exactly what to make of this letter. It goes without saying that a simple thank-you note, especially nearly a year late, would have sufficed. —Scott Turow, Atlantic , December 2005

  3. But what of the meteoroids that come from other large objects in the solar system? To escape from Venus or the Earth, matter must be ejected at a velocity of at least seven miles a second; on Mars, three miles a second will suffice. —Donald Goldsmith, Natural History, September 2003

  4. No, you don't need to write a letter. A phone call will suffice.

  5. Her example alone should suffice to show that anything is possible.



Origin and Etymology 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



SUFFICE Defined for Kids

suffice

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verb suf·fice \sə-ˈfīs\

Definition of suffice for Students

sufficed

sufficing

  1. :  to satisfy a need :  be enough <I'm hungry, but just a snack will suffice.>





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