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suit

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noun \ ˈsüt \

Definition of suit

1 archaic :suite 1
2 a :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
6 a :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

play \ˈsü-təd\ adjective

Examples of suit in a Sentence

  1. He wore his gray suit to the job interview.

  2. filed a suit against the company that had manufactured the faulty heater, claiming they were responsible for the fire

Recent Examples of suit from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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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suit

verb

Definition of suit

transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of suit in a Sentence

  1. This kind of behavior hardly suits a person of your age.

  2. She gave a serious speech that suited the occasion.

  3. The formal furniture really suited the style of the house.

  4. The job suits her very well.

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First Known Use of suit

14th century


SUIT Defined for English Language Learners

suit

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noun

Definition of suit for English Language Learners

  • : 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


suit

verb

Definition of suit for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


SUIT Defined for Kids

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suit

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noun \ ˈsüt \

Definition of suit for Students

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

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suit

verb

Definition of suit for Students

suited; suiting
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

Medical Dictionary

suit

medical Definition of suit


Law Dictionary

suit

noun

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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