\ 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 up players 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 The ex-cop, in a suit and tie, sat at the defense table most of the week, scribbling notes on a legal pad. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "A week of compelling and potentially devastating testimony at Derek Chauvin's murder trial," 3 Apr. 2021 Two Parker directors were named in the suit but were later dropped from the case. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Cleaning up a 'disaster'- bankruptcy trustee settles lawsuits against former execs of Parker School Uniforms," 2 Apr. 2021 The suit was filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Thirteen states sue Biden administration over tax cut restriction in $1.9 trillion spending package," 31 Mar. 2021 The unidentified male implicated in the suit failed to appear in court this week. Washington Post, "Japanese star Hana Kimura likely took her own life after relentless trolling. One man who targeted her was just fined $81.," 31 Mar. 2021 Private attorneys hired to represent the state in the class-action suit have been paid $9 million over the six-year course of the litigation. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Six years, $16 million in legal fees: The cost for Arizonans from foster-care lawsuit," 30 Mar. 2021 In fact, Quinn was pleased to see McKinley show up for his introductory Browns Zoom conference in a suit and tie. cleveland, "Ex-Falcons coach Dan Quinn: Browns are getting the ‘super-motivated’ Takk McKinley who was poised for a breakout 2020," 29 Mar. 2021 All those named in the suit besides Jamaal are white. Steven Goode,, "Windsor Housing Authority executive director files federal lawsuit," 28 Mar. 2021 Amazon did not respond to questions about allegations in the suit. oregonlive, "Bookseller proposes class action lawsuit against Amazon over pricing," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That platform, originally created by Magna but modified by Fisker to suit its particular needs, will also be used for future Fisker, Inc. models, Fisker said. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Henrik Fisker's first car company flamed out. He's sure this one will work," 18 Feb. 2021 The new selects will include menstrual pads in different sizes including regular, super, overnight and postpartum, as well as pantyliners to suit all needs. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Honey Pot Is Launching New Products This Spring," 30 Nov. 2020 The dryer comes with two smoothing attachments and a diffuser to suit your styling needs. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2020: Save big on Dyson hair appliances at Nordstrom Rack," 27 Nov. 2020 There are several types of high chairs to suit the needs of all families. Bre Richey,, "The best Graco high chair," 3 Apr. 2021 There are a variety of options to suit your needs, including classic wooden porch swings and designs that double as daybeds. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, "The Best Porch Swings for Every Outdoor Space, According to Reviews," 2 Apr. 2021 The open-concept layouts lend themselves to entertaining and versatile flex spaces ensure homeowners can personalize their homes to suit their needs. Dallas News, "Two 55-plus active adult communities offer designs, amenities," 21 Mar. 2021 To the aft, there’s a new multipurpose deck that can be customized to suit a seafarer’s needs—whether that means deploying a seaplane or storing a seven-person submarine. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Damen’s Redesigned 252-Foot SeaXplorer 77 Expedition Yacht Can Double as 150-Guest Dance Club," 9 Mar. 2021 Most users know when something is wrong but don't necessarily know or want to make suggestions on how the tech could be adapted to suit their needs. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "10 Ways To Collect Team Feedback On Internal-Facing Tech," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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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 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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