\ ˈsüt How to pronounce suit (audio) \

Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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
2a : an action or process in a court for the recovery of a right or claim
b : recourse or appeal to a feudal superior for justice or redress
3a : 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
4 slang : a business executive usually used in plural
5 : a group of things forming a unit : suite used chiefly of armor, sails, and counters in games
6 : an act or instance of suing or seeking by entreaty : appeal specifically : courtship
7 archaic : suite sense 1


suited; suiting; suits

Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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suited \ ˈsü-​təd How to pronounce suit (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for suit

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of suit in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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 Luckily, Daniel Lee has made that his mission at Bottega Veneta, building soft curves into the brand’s many suit jackets. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "How to Make Your Style Resolution Stick for 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 The item is easier to fit than, say, pants or a suit, and more forgiving of any measurement errors. Washington Post, "For Amazon’s $25 custom T-shirt, your body is a wonderland (of data)," 5 Jan. 2021 Who knows, but something that involved a power suit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "SZA Isn't Bothered by Not Winning a Grammy," 5 Jan. 2021 Under Mollenkopf, Qualcomm beat back patent litigation by Apple, an antitrust suit by the Federal Trade Commission, and a hostile takeover by rival Broadcom. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Kicking off the new year with a screen cleanse," 5 Jan. 2021 The story of a bear who finds a manuscript in the woods, steals a suit of clothes, and sets off to the big city looking for fame and fortune. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Assange listened silently to the judge's summation, wearing a blue suit and gray face mask. NBC News, "WikiLeaks' Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges, U.K. court rules," 4 Jan. 2021 In 2015, the Hammonds also paid $400,000 to settle a civil suit brought by the government to recoup damages caused by the fires. oregonlive, "Federal land management bureau proposes on New Years Eve returning grazing permit to Hammond Ranches," 4 Jan. 2021 Once Hawley signed on to the plan, scores of other lawmakers joined suit. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Tom Cotton will not partake in Jan. 6 election protest," 4 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many of the meat alternatives used in these dishes can easily be swapped out to suit your needs and tastes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "50 Healthy Vegetarian Recipes That Are Super Satisfying," 2 Jan. 2021 This beautiful dish is a favorite side on Olga Massov’s Thanksgiving table, and it can be easily scaled up or down to suit your needs. Washington Post, "Our readers’ top 10 vegetarian recipes of 2020 are quick-cooking and versatile," 26 Dec. 2020 Shoppers have criticized limited options in earlier base makeup launches, but this one comes in 40 shades to suit a much more representative range of skin tones. Sarah Y. Wu, Glamour, "It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Is the Best Foundation I've Tried This Year," 21 Dec. 2020 According to Tanner Garrett, the orchestra’s individual giving coordinator, the DSO has restructured its outreach and donor benefits to better suit the current pandemic environment. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "The Dallas Symphony Orchestra uses the spirit of celebration to resume beloved musical traditions," 16 Dec. 2020 The man brought her home and rearranged everything in the house to suit her needs. Usman T. Malik, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Beyond These Stars Other Tribulations of Love,’ by Usman T. Malik," 11 Dec. 2020 That's why everyone needs to check on whether their offerings have changed and revise their benefits to better suit their current situation. Anna Bahney, CNN, "It's open enrollment season. Here's what you should do differently this year," 14 Oct. 2020 To put it simply, the coronavirus pandemic has encouraged many people to place more value on their homes, and put more thought into how their environment can better suit their lifestyle. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "How Our Favorite Black Designers Are Finding Comfort During Quarantine," 9 Oct. 2020 President Donald Trump has blasted the WTO as the worst trade deal in U.S. history and pledges to overhaul it to better suit the country’s interests. Bryce Baschuk,, "Race to WTO Leadership Is Down to the Final Two Candidates," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of suit


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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20 Jan 2021

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“Suit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce suit (audio)

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)


\ ˈsüt How to pronounce suit (audio) \

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 suitesuit 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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