\ ˈsüt \

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

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 social media sensation has seen a number of celebrities follow suit, including Will Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., James Harden, Ciara, Kevin Hart, and even Drake himself. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 The video shows a person in what looks like a jogging suit, with the hood on, slowly walking through a landscaped area and on a driveway to get to a minivan. Christine Dempsey,, "Woodbridge Police: Camera Captures Would-be Car Burglar Pulling On Car Door," 27 June 2018 Their six bridesmaids—plus Vogue Style Editor Edward Barsamian—were in ivory power suits by Theory. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 Kapoor and several others are also named as defendants in the suits against Simon. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Another lawsuit accuses Overland Park doctor of kickbacks from opioid spray maker," 13 July 2018 During recent lunch shifts, a steady stream of customers picked up orders to go and a handful of tables were always full — a group of men in suits sharing lunch, her mother and a childhood friend toasting. Alison Bowen,, "From prison to pioneer: a chef's dream to transform one Chicago corner," 9 July 2018 He was named in suits filed by Carlson and former network contributors Julie Roginsky and Andrea Tantaros for his role in allegedly discouraging women at the network from taking their harassment claims to court., "President Trump hires former Fox News executive as communications aide," 5 July 2018 The travel matches the dates of trips alleged in the two suits. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "Billionaire Behind LaCroix Accused of Improper Touching by Two Pilots," 3 July 2018 In each case, officers turn up in environmental suits and masks, sorting through the grisly discoveries, from pill bottles to notepads and photos left behind, hoping to piece together the lives of people like Unger who ended up in the parking lots. J.d. Gallop,, "Nearly half a dozen people have died in Walmart parking lots in Brevard County since 2015," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fans were completely obsessed with the way Beatrice looked today, commenting that the color suited her perfectly. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice's Hat Was the Real Winner of the Royal Ascot," 19 June 2018 The famously pinstripe-suited Kudlow succeeded Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who left the post in a dispute over Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Jonathan Lemire,, "Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow ‘doing well’ after heart attack," 12 June 2018 Maestoso Batosta will perform to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, known as the Pastorale Symphony, which Riccio said seems to suit him. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Tempel Lipizzans celebrates anniversary with new star soloist," 7 June 2018 All sides hope that season includes a healthy throwing shoulder for the former Pro Bowler, who hasn’t suited up for the Colts in 16 months after undergoing labrum surgery in January of 2017. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Oliver Luck leaves NCAA to become XFL commissioner," 5 June 2018 That film brought an unexpected emotional depth and sadness to the character, which could make Mangold particularly well-suited to crafting a story around Boba Fett. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The director of Logan is reportedly making a Boba Fett movie," 24 May 2018 But increasingly those deliveries were made by truck instead, which was not as well-suited for the dense urban environment. Katherine Martinelli, Smithsonian, "The Factory That Oreos Built," 21 May 2018 Based on his record and past remarks, Gavran believes Abbott isn't well-suited to lead the discussion to curb gun violence. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Texas governor has long opposed gun control. Now he's leading a discussion on stopping school shootings," 21 May 2018 Both can be seen as accessible programming that’s well-suited to community outreach. Marilyn Bailey, star-telegram, "To get more kids to love opera this high school soprano is putting on a benefit concert | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 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


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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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

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