fit

1 of 6

adjective

fitter; fittest
1
a
: acceptable from a particular viewpoint (as of competence or morality) : proper
a movie fit for the whole family
b(1)
: adapted to an end or design : suitable by nature or by art
found him to be a fit officer and gentlemanTime
(2)
: adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving
2
: sound physically and mentally : healthy
keeps fit by playing tennis and handball
3
a
: put into a suitable state : made ready
get the house fit for company
getting the ship fit for sea
b
: being in such a state as to be or seem ready to do or suffer something
fair fit to cry I wasBryan MacMahon
laughing fit to burst
fitly adverb

fit

2 of 6

verb

fitted or fit; fitting; fits

transitive verb

1
a
: to conform correctly to the shape or size of
These jeans don't fit me anymore.
b(1)
: to insert or adjust until correctly in place
Fit the dough into the pan.
He had some trouble fitting all of the pieces back into place.
(2)
: to make or adjust to the right shape and size
Theresa uploaded a snapshot on Twitter showing some of the mannequins she uses to fit the costumes.Gemma Strong
(3)
: to measure for determining the specifications of something to be worn by
The tailor fitted him for a new suit.
c
: to make a place or room for : accommodate
She fit all of the books into a single box.
2
a
: to be suitable for or to : harmonize with
"My first impression of Joy was that her name fit her perfectly. She radiated joy and calmness …"Beth Coger
b
archaic : to be seemly or proper for
It fits us, then, to be as provident / As fear may teach us …William Shakespeare
3
: to be in agreement or accord with
The theory fits all the facts.
4
a
: to put into a condition of readiness
His temperament fitted him to understand an age of courageous exploits …Van Wyck Brooks
b
: to cause to conform to or suit something
You must fit the words to the music.
5
: supply, equip
fitted the ship with new engines
often used with out
The guest rooms … have been fitted out with antique and reproduction furnishings …Mimi Elder
6
mathematics : to adjust (a smooth curve of a specified type) to a given set of points

intransitive verb

1
: to conform to a particular shape or size
The dress fits perfectly.
also : to be accommodated
Will we all fit into the car?
2
: to be in harmony or accord : belong
often used with in
"He wanted the house to look natural, to fit in with the island landscape. …"Olivia Harrison
I arrived in the United States at age three and grew up wanting both to live up to the … expectations of my parents and to fit in with the customs of my new homeland.Nely Galán
3
chiefly British : to experience or be affected with a seizure and especially an epileptic seizure
The 48-year-old was shopping in Stourbridge's Ryemarket when she collapsed and began fitting.Birmingham (U.K.) Evening Mail
4
archaic : to be seemly, proper, or suitable
Why dost thou laugh? It fits not with this hour.William Shakespeare
fitter noun

fit

3 of 6

noun (1)

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

fit

4 of 6

noun (2)

1
: an emotional reaction (as in anger or frustration)
has a fit when I show up late
2
: a sudden burst or flurry (as of activity)
cleaned the whole house in a fit of efficiency
3
a
: a sudden violent attack of a disease (such as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness : paroxysm
b
: a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance

fit

5 of 6

noun (3)

archaic
: a division of a poem or song

fit

6 of 6

dialectal past tense and past participle of fight

Phrases
fit to be tied
: extremely angry or irritated
Dad was fit to be tied when my sister came home late last night.
fit to kill
: in a striking manner
dressed fit to kill
by fits or by fits and starts or in fits and starts
: in an impulsive and irregular manner
construction proceeded by fits and starts
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of fit in a Sentence

Adjective Patients are encouraged to get fit. Are you fit enough to walk there? Verb The suit fits him perfectly. I hope this key fits the lock. The two pieces fit each other perfectly. This calculator will fit nicely in your shirt pocket. The two pieces fit together perfectly. How many people can fit in a phone booth? The box was too large to fit through the door. I can't fit all these groceries into the trunk of my car. We weren't able to fit the box through the door. fitting the jacket to the customer without her medication, she'd have an epileptic fit helpless fits of laughter from the audience found out what his wife had spent on clothes and threw a fit
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The kitchen is fit for a chef, equipped with a La Cornue range, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, and a large center island. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 18 July 2024 The yellow-orange accents add the perfect pop of color to any ‘fit. Katie Decker-Jacoby, StyleCaster, 17 July 2024
Verb
So it’s been nice to just make more outsider stuff that fits my sense of humor. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 9 July 2024 But past and former members also said the board’s mission is founded on fairness and transparency and that restricting speech without approval from a gubernatorial appointee doesn’t fit well with that. Andrew Brown, Hartford Courant, 9 July 2024
Noun
Made from soft and absorbent cotton, these underwear have a relaxed fit that’s great for overnight wear. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024 Some viewers were confused by the Watch the Throne reference, but a deeper look into the lyrics used make more sense as a fit for the film’s themes. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for fit 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English; akin to Middle English fitten

Verb and Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old English fitt strife

Noun (3)

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

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b(1)

Verb

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 4

Noun (1)

1823, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fit was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fit. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fit

1 of 4 adjective
fitter; fittest
1
: suitable for a particular purpose
water fit for drinking
especially : so adapted to the environment as to be capable of surviving
often used in the phrase survival of the fittest
2
: acceptable from a particular point of view : proper
a movie fit for the whole family
3
: ready entry 1 sense 1, prepared
get the ship fit for sea
4
: qualified sense 1, competent
fit for the job
5
: sound physically and mentally : healthy
fitness noun

fit

2 of 4 noun
1
: a sudden violent attack of a disease or condition (as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or loss of consciousness
2
: a sudden outburst (as of laughter or anger)

fit

3 of 4 verb
fitted or fit; fitting
1
: to be suitable for or to : befit
2
a
: to be of the right size and shape
the suit fits
b
: to insert or adjust until correctly in place
c
: to make a place or room for
fit another chair
3
: to be in agreement with
his story fits the facts
4
a
: to make ready : prepare
b
: to bring to a required form and size : adjust
5
: to supply what is needed for : equip
fit out an expedition
6
: to be in harmony or agreement : belong
often used with in

fit

4 of 4 noun
1
: the way something fits
a tight fit
2
: a piece of clothing that fits
Etymology

Adjective

Middle English fit "suitable to a particular purpose"

Noun

Old English fitt "strife"

Medical Definition

fit

1 of 3 noun
1
: a sudden violent attack of a disease (as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness : paroxysm
2
: a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance
fits of shivering

fit

2 of 3 adjective
fitter; fittest
1
: adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving
2
: sound physically and mentally : healthy
fitness noun

fit

3 of 3 noun
: the fact, condition, or manner of being fitted or adapted

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