suffice

verb
suf·​fice | \ sə-ˈfīs also -ˈfīz \
sufficed; sufficing

Definition of suffice

intransitive verb

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
2 : to be competent or capable

transitive verb

: to be enough for a few more should suffice them

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Other Words from suffice

sufficer noun

Synonyms for suffice

Synonyms

do, serve

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Examples of suffice in a Sentence

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 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 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 No, you don't need to write a letter. A phone call will suffice. Her example alone should suffice to show that anything is possible.
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But suffice to say there's a great military interest in that topic and time. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Space Launch Legend Who's Backing a Startup," 8 Nov. 2018 But if investors needed confirmation that economic conditions in the U.S. are past their peak, Tuesday’s results from these two giant banks should suffice. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Big Banks Flash Warning Light," 15 Jan. 2019 The impersonal blandness of Applebee’s no longer suffices. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Founding Farmers and the woke chain awakening of King of Prussia," 29 Mar. 2018 So a vote in December and another in January would suffice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gerrymandering a State Constitution," 3 Dec. 2018 Given the diamond theme, only the finest jewels would suffice, and an oversize pair of Chopard sparklers provided the perfect complement to Mabille’s romanatic couture. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Shuts Down the Diamond Ball Red Carpet in Jaw-Dropping Couture," 14 Sep. 2018 The incident report does not indicate why Edwards needed all those noxious sprays (or why just one fart spray would not suffice). Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Primaries in four states test limits of Dem surge," 14 Aug. 2018 Previously, Giuliani had said a briefing on the information would suffice. The special counsel has not responded to any of those claims. Washington Post, "Giuliani trying to influence perception of Mueller probe," 8 June 2018 There’s debate about whether something lesser — legal status through a special visa or something different altogether — would suffice. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The House’s chaotic immigration fight, explained," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of suffice

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for suffice

Middle English suffisen, sufficen "to be adequate, be capable," borrowed from Anglo-French suffis-, stem of suffire "to be sufficient for, be adequate," Latinization of Old French sofire, soufire, going back to Vulgar Latin *suffīcere, alteration (with ī from verbs such as dīcere "to say") of Latin sufficere "to provide, appoint, have enough strength or capacity, be adequate," from suf-, assimilated form of sub- sub- + facere "to make, do" — more at fact

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suffice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of suffice

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

suffice

verb
suf·​fice | \ sə-ˈfīs \
sufficed; sufficing

Kids Definition of suffice

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

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