fit

adjective
\ ˈfit How to pronounce fit (audio) \
fitter; fittest

Definition of fit

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : 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
3a : 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 was— Bryan MacMahon laughing fit to burst
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

fit

verb
fitted or fit; fitting; fits

Definition of fit (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : 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.
2a : 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.
4a : 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 HarrisonI 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

fit

noun (1)

Definition of fit (Entry 3 of 6)

: 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

noun (2)

Definition of fit (Entry 4 of 6)

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
3a : 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
by fits or by fits and starts or in fits and starts
: in an impulsive and irregular manner construction proceeded by fits and starts

fit

noun (3)

Definition of fit (Entry 5 of 6)

archaic
: a division of a poem or song

fit

Definition of fit (Entry 6 of 6)

dialectal past tense and past participle of fight

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Other Words from fit

Adjective

fitly adverb

Verb

fitter noun

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Adjective

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
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First Known Use of fit

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

History and Etymology for fit

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

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

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“Fit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fit. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for fit

fit

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: proper or acceptable : morally or socially correct
: suitable for a specified purpose
: physically healthy and strong

fit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fit (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

fit

adjective
\ ˈfit How to pronounce fit (audio) \
fitter; fittest

Kids Definition of fit

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : good enough : suitable for fit to eat
2 : physically healthy He jogs to keep fit.
3 : made ready The sailors were getting the ship fit for sea.

Other Words from fit

fitness noun

fit

noun

Kids Definition of fit (Entry 2 of 4)

: a sudden attack or outburst a fit of anger a fit of coughing

fit

verb
fitted; fitting

Kids Definition of fit (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : to be the right shape or size This shirt doesn't fit any more.
2 : to bring to the right shape or size I had the suit fitted.
3 : to find room or time for Can you fit this in your suitcase? The doctor can fit you in tomorrow.
4 : to go into a particular place Will we all fit in your car?
5 : to be suitable for or to I dressed to fit the occasion.
6 : equip They fitted the ship with new engines.

fit

noun

Kids Definition of fit (Entry 4 of 4)

: the way something fits a tight fit

fit

noun
\ ˈfit How to pronounce fit (audio) \

Medical Definition of fit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

adjective
fitter; fittest

Medical Definition of fit (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving
2 : sound physically and mentally : healthy

Other Words from fit

fitness noun

fit

noun

Medical Definition of fit (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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