suit

noun
\ ˈsüt How to pronounce suit (audio) \

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

suit

verb
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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Other Words from suit

Noun

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

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

If more states follow suit, the number of women denied abortions because their pregnancies are too far along is expected to increase dramatically. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Women’s health worsened over 5 years after being denied an abortion, study says," 11 June 2019 The group is now pushing ahead on its projects without U.S.A.I.D. funding, and Nergaard says that other European organizations are following suit. Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker, "A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," 11 June 2019 This past week Oakland followed suit, also decriminalizing magic mushrooms and peyote. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "AOC Wants It To Be Easier To Study Magic Mushrooms & Other Psychedelics," 10 June 2019 Investors clearly took the announcement as a sign that the Justice Department would follow suit. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Sprint and T-Mobile Still Face Their Toughest Hurdle," 10 June 2019 The inspector general said the first employee had been spending time at home since January 2017 and the second employee began following suit after being paired with the first. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Inspector General: Pair of Baltimore transportation department employees spent part of their work day at home," 7 June 2019 Oregon is following Washington’s lead by moving toward permanent daylight saving time after its House voted 37-20 to dump the twice-a-year time change, providing other West Coast states follow suit and Congress signs off. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Oregon joins Washington, moves toward permanent daylight saving time," 7 June 2019 This state was the first to legalize medical uses of cannabis, and 32 other states have since followed suit. Cecilia Aguiar-curry, The Mercury News, "Opinion: On CBD, California’s cannabis laws stricter than the feds’," 7 June 2019 All that was needed was for the House to follow suit. Fox News, "North Carolina lawmakers fail to override veto of ‘Born Alive’ abortion bill," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said the spot and space allow the county to forge something to suit people’s needs instead of trying to retrofit an old office building that doesn’t have enough bathrooms or other crucial amenities. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County hopes to create alternative to jail, ERs for mentally ill homeless people," 10 June 2019 The herbs, too, can be adjusted to suit what’s in your garden. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Herb, Garlic and Lemon Halibut," 8 June 2019 Altering your environment to suit your mood is healthy. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 This all came as a part of a monthly membership, which is $85/month for one in-person meeting, an on-call financial adviser, and a financial fitness plan suited to my life goals. NBC News, "I hired a 'trainer' to get my finances in shape — and this is what I learned," 6 June 2019 The large rear wing can be manually adjusted for pitch to suit different conditions. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 The new aircraft will have the primary mission set of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, and Boeing claims it can be rapidly reconfigured to suit itself to the mission at hand. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Reveals 'Loyal Wingman' Sidekick Drone for Fighter Jets," 27 Feb. 2019 Today's had pink accents, to suit her blush coat and hat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Garden Party "Worry" Nearly Became Reality," 29 May 2019 Vogueworld Willow Smith Found Her Latest Red Carpet Look on Instagram As a highly fashionable free spirit, Willow Smith adapts her wardrobe endlessly to suit her day-to-day mood. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Willow Smith Found Her Latest Red Carpet Look on Instagram," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of suit

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for suit

Noun

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

noun

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

suit

verb

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)

suit

noun
\ 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

suit

verb
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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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

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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