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Definition of suit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : suite sense 1
2a : recourse or appeal to a feudal superior for justice or redress
b : an action or process in a court for the recovery of a right or claim
3 : an act or instance of suing or seeking by entreaty : appeal specifically : courtship
4 : a group of things forming a unit : suite used chiefly of armor, sails, and counters in games
5 : a set of garments: such as
a : an ensemble of two or more usually matching outer garments (such as a jacket, vest, and trousers) businessmen wearing three-piece suits
b : a costume to be worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions gym suits
6a : all the playing cards in a pack bearing the same symbol
b : all the dominoes bearing the same number
c : all the cards or counters in a particular suit held by one player a 5-card suit
d : the suit led follow suit
7 slang : a business executive usually used in plural


suited; suiting; suits

Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to be becoming to that dress suits you
b : to be proper for : befit a mood that suits the occasion
2 : to outfit with clothes : dress
3 : accommodate, adapt suit the action to the word
4 : to meet the needs or desires of : please suits me fine

intransitive verb

1 : to be in accordance : agree the position suits with your abilities
2 : to be appropriate or satisfactory these prices don't suit
3 : to put on specially required clothing (such as a uniform or protective garb) usually used with up players suiting up for the game

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suited \ ˈsü-​təd \ adjective

Synonyms for suit

Synonyms: Noun

action, lawsuit, proceeding

Synonyms: Verb

befit, beseem [archaic], do, fit [archaic], go, serve

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Examples of suit in a Sentence


He wore his gray suit to the job interview. filed a suit against the company that had manufactured the faulty heater, claiming they were responsible for the fire


This kind of behavior hardly suits a person of your age. She gave a serious speech that suited the occasion. The formal furniture really suited the style of the house. The job suits her very well.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The suit plans to mention the decisions by Facebook and Twitter to ban him. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Facebook, Twitter Turn to Right-Leaning Groups to Help Referee Political Speech," 8 Jan. 2019 The suits retail for $378 and are available in sizes XXS to XL (as well as short version). Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "Behold: The Most Stylish Equestrian Winter Work Suit," 8 Jan. 2019 The suit was made specifically for Elsie and because of that had to be handled with extra care. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Here's How Elsie Fisher Got Ready for Her First Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 However, the Wild Fable stripe’s placement and contrast with the black canvas of the shoe is also part of the trade dress trademark, the suit argues. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 Starting in spring 2019, the affordable suits will be available to purchase. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Victoria’s Secret Is Bringing Back Its Bathing Suits," 21 Nov. 2018 Lawyers for the 101-year-old actress filed the appeal Friday, asking the court to reverse an appeals court decision in March that threw out the suit. Fox News, "Olivia de Havilland files 'Feud' defamation lawsuit appeal," 2 Oct. 2018 The suit also seeks damages for Markforged’s alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, and for unfair trade practices. Hiawatha Bray,, "3D printing companies clash in federal court," 13 July 2018 The suit is seeking an order to have strippers reclassified as employees, and to have anyone employed by the Admiral over the past 10 years who opts into the lawsuit get back pay for minimum wages, as well as other monetary damages. Robert Channick,, "Exotic dancer sues Admiral Theatre for denying her employee wages and benefits," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As a consequence, the most stable founding teams give each collaborator authority over a specific area that suits his or her passions and expertise. Noam Wasserman, WSJ, "The Life Lessons We Can Learn From Successful Startups," 25 Nov. 2018 The entire space is weaved with elegant, custom accents that suit her and her husband’s personal needs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This is How TV Personality Keltie Knight Crafted the Bedroom of Her Dreams," 25 Oct. 2018 Becoming an unlikely figurehead of the resistance seems to be a role that suits her. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Kathy Griffin Comes Back With a Vengeance in 'Laugh Your Head Off' Tour," 27 June 2018 Wirbal posted pictures of the bull and researched possible sanctuaries that would suit him. Cristela Guerra,, "After crowdfunding campaign, Dudley the Scottish Highland bull retires in style," 12 June 2018 This is a track that has suited him well throughout his career. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "What impact has Will Power had since becoming the first Aussie Indy 500 champ?," 2 June 2018 The usual trappings are here -- pool tables, plenty of bar stools and a great location suited for watching passers-by along Lincoln Road. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 The job, Glider found, suited him fine—as did the adult industry as a whole. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn," 17 Apr. 2018 Their new approach for Liverpool was also borrowed from Boston—but this one was better suited to the economies of scale in English soccer. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "A Red Sox Strategy to Conquer the Premier League," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of suit


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for suit


Middle English sute, seute pursuit, retinue, set, legal action, from Anglo-French siute, suite, from Vulgar Latin *sequita, from feminine of *sequitus, past participle of *sequere to follow — more at sue

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English Language Learners Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a set of clothes that usually consists of a jacket and a skirt or pair of pants that are made out of the same material

: a set of clothes or protective covering that is worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions

: a process by which a court of law makes a decision to settle a disagreement or problem between people or organizations



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

: to provide what is required or wanted by or for (someone or something)

: to be proper or suitable for (someone or something)

: to be attractive on (someone)


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Kids Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of clothing having matching top and bottom pieces
2 : a set of clothes or protective coverings worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions a gym suit a suit of armor
3 : an action in court to settle a disagreement or enforce a right or claim
4 : all the playing cards of one kind (as spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs) in a pack


suited; suiting

Kids Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to be suitable or satisfactory The time of the meeting suits my schedule.
2 : to make suitable : adapt You should suit your speech for your audience.
3 : to be proper for or pleasing with That scarf does not suit the dress.
4 : to meet the needs or desires of … it was fully settled that James should go … as it suited his master …— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty


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Legal Definition of suit 

: a proceeding to enforce a right or claim specifically : an action brought in a court seeking a remedy for injuries suffered or a determination of rights : lawsuit

History and Etymology for suit

Anglo-French siute suite suit request to initiate legal proceedings, literally, pursuit, from siute, feminine past participle of suire to follow, from Old French sivre — see sue

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