fit·​ting | \ ˈfi-tiŋ How to pronounce fitting (audio) \

Definition of fitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a kind appropriate to the situation : suitable



Definition of fitting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an action or act of one that fits specifically : a trying on of clothes which are in the process of being made or altered
2 : something used in fitting up : accessory
3 : a small often standardized part an electrical fitting

Other Words from fitting


fittingly \ ˈfi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fitting (audio) \ adverb
fittingness noun

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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 fitting in a Sentence

Adjective It was a fitting end to their rivalry. it is only fitting that you should be the one to take her back to the airport since she flew out to see you Noun I have a fitting for my wedding dress this afternoon.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In a verbal flub that seemed almost fitting to how the candidates ran, Mr. Trump accidentally conjoined the names of two rivals over the weekend. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Keys walked the red carpet on May 2 in a black gown, completed by a cape bedazzled with the New York City skyline (how fitting for the singer that wrote the concrete-jungle-wet-dream-tomato song). Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 2 May 2022 That Cabrera lined a hard single to right-center field against the Colorado Rockies for his 3,000th hit seemed fitting to Trout. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Weisenberg advised wearing a tight-fitting, high-quality mask for as long as possible. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 But that’s not really fitting of the profile of his previous stops as a manager — among them Club America, Lazio, Marseille and most notably the Argentina national team. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Rewatching the first few episodes, what stands out, besides Stewart’s palpable terror and comically ill-fitting wardrobe, is a budding comedy icon searching for his subject. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2022 This protection, however, is contingent on the mask being multi-layered and fitting properly across the nose and face. Laura Fisher,, 25 Apr. 2022 And roughly another mile inland within an upscale strip mall lies the KBS Experience, which is an indoor fitting center with simulators for that shaft company’s customers. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The canvas is extraordinarily large—over 8 by 6 feet—a scale customarily designated for portraits of princes and kings, but one that Lavoisier no doubt thought fitting, as his experiments had thrust France to the forefront of 18th-century science. Cynthia Saltzman, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The brand is also hosting an immersive pop-up in Los Angeles, opening on May 5 through May 13, where guests can experience an interactive fitting with 3D scanning technology. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 This price does not include extra fees, like fitting and testing the prosthesis, but in total, Medicare can cover $30,000 to $50,000 of the final price. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 28 Apr. 2022 With the whirlwind turnaround, the final dress was delivered from the atelier in Germany to London on March 11th, just in time for Hall's first fitting. Sarah Ball,, 15 Mar. 2022 But the most important one for boot fitting is the sagittal plane: the forward flexion of your ankle joint. Anna Fiorentino, Outside Online, 8 Feb. 2022 Also not too long ago, clothes were painstakingly made following a tedious process of fitting, sourcing fabrics, cutting, pattern making and hand sewing. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Since then, every outfit has been sleek and form-fitting. ELLE, 27 Feb. 2022 Both platforms have also blocked advertisements for information about teen pregnancy, proper bra fitting, and gynecologist visits. Jillian C. York, Wired, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fitting


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2022

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fit·​ting | \ ˈfi-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of fitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: appropriate entry 1, suitable a fitting memorial

Other Words from fitting

fittingly adverb



Kids Definition of fitting (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small part that goes with something larger a pipe fitting

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