suffice

verb
suf·​fice | \ sə-ˈfīs How to pronounce suffice (audio) 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Although there are no longer mass vaccination sites at stadiums and other venues, Hogan has maintained that a rollout featuring pharmacies and clinics will suffice. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 9 Sep. 2021 People of mixed ethnicity face an uncertain fate; residents told CNN that an Amhara ID card can suffice but to be seen socializing with Tigrayans will put someone at risk nonetheless. Nima Elbagir, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 All attendees 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (a negative COVID test will not suffice). Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 In Boston, relaxing at his building’s rooftop pool in the Seaport will have to suffice. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 And vaccine producers are still researching whether lower dosages will suffice as potential boosters. Sony Salzman, ABC News, 13 Aug. 2021 Each bar in the coalition will create its own protocols around what constitutes proof, but generally speaking, a vaccine card or photo of same should suffice. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2021 The Treasury Department has used accounting moves to keep the government afloat, but the budget office has projected that such actions will suffice only until October or November. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 6 Aug. 2021 Description doesn't quite do the seafront stay justice, but suffice to say there is both an outdoor seawater pool and an indoor pool as well as a private beach, spa, and fitness center. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 4 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of suffice was in the 14th century

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“Suffice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suffice. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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