suffice

verb
suf·​fice | \ sə-ˈfīs also -ˈfīz How to pronounce suffice (audio) \
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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Can a series of subtle hints suffice for criminal liability? Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The teen convicted in a controversial suicide texting case has appealed to the US Supreme Court," 14 July 2019 And suffice to say, Holland is still kind of torn up about it. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "Tom Holland Still Hasn't Forgiven Gwyneth Paltrow For "Who"-ing Him," 30 June 2019 In 1789 and for long afterward, in France and elsewhere, a single word often sufficed to explain the origins of the French Revolution: books. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, "From Readers to Revolutionaries," 17 June 2019 To win, Lefty’s love of this place will have to have to suffice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pebble Beach figures to be Mickelson’s remaining best shot at seizing U.S. Open," 12 June 2019 Most of the time, the two annual monsoons suffice to top up lakes and groundwater. The Economist, "Thirsty Indian cities have a management problem, not a water problem," 4 July 2019 Kepro’s own evaluations, which included assessments approved by the state, would suffice, the agency wrote in a memo at the time. oregonlive.com, "Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians," 22 June 2019 In the case of Stockhausen, though, only the colossal will suffice. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 For the physicists involved, a preponderance of evidence will suffice. Quanta Magazine, "At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law," 15 Oct. 2014

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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 How to pronounce suffice (audio) \
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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