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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 suited (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 And the suits allege Ruby charged clients for time callers spent on hold. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Ruby Receptionists faces $30 million lawsuit for allegedly overcharging clients," 9 Jan. 2020 The suit filed by attorneys for Deborah Cihal Crawford, next-of-kin of victim Tracy Ann Cihal, is the first after the Dec. 21 fire that also injured 13 people at the aging Alpine Motel Apartments. Washington Post, "Lawsuit filed after six people found dead in Vegas fire," 9 Jan. 2020 The lawyers of Legal Services, initially enlisted to serve low-income individuals, began filing sweeping class-action suits. Fred Siegel, National Review, "The Forgotten Failures of the Great Society," 9 Jan. 2020 According to Rodriguez’s suit, Shvetz has given two addresses. Elizabeth Zavala,, "State senator candidate sues opponent, alleging residency requirement violation," 8 Jan. 2020 If the Sonos suit succeeds in court, Google could be forced to pull more than a dozen products off the market. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Google speakers are "vacuuming up" users' personal data, Sonos suit says," 7 Jan. 2020 Mayor Quinton Lucas, a Democrat, said at a press conference Tuesday, noting that most such suits target individuals rather than manufacturers. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Kansas City, Mo., Sues Gun Manufacturer, Alleging Trafficking," 7 Jan. 2020 Today, Ashley Graham and Pronovias announced a collection of bridal gowns (and suits!) specifically designed with all types of women in mind. Eliza Huber,, "Ashley Graham’s Pronovias Bridal Collection Is Size-Inclusive & Gorgeous," 7 Jan. 2020 However, the suit is being filed in Washington DC, where the BSA claims legal residency. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 7: Iran, impeachment, Boy Scouts, Puerto Rico," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, electricity is ordinarily the most expensive way to produce heat, so these systems are best suited for small spaces or regions that don’t experience extremely frigid winters. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why Baseboard Heaters Are So Common in Old Homes," 7 Dec. 2019 This month was all about winterizing my beauty routine: swapping in skin-care products that are better-suited to the season, and—ahead of the holidays—transitioning to makeup that feels a little festive. Glamour, "These Are the Products a Beauty Editor Reaches for in Winter," 18 Nov. 2019 Curry and Russell did not find an immediate on-court chemistry, and Green’s defensive versatility and leadership skills are best suited on a team with title aspirations. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Steph Curry breaks hand, sending Warriors spiraling into an identity crisis," 31 Oct. 2019 And Democrats appear no closer to sorting out what tactics, what ideology and what person is best-suited to overcome that. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After static summer, Democratic race enters a chaotic fall," 12 Oct. 2019 Delle Donne suited up and participated, all right, making her first three 3-pointers and fighting through 26 minutes, scoring 13 points. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: The Washington Mystics, with Elena Delle Donne, owned Sunday’s WNBA Finals moment," 7 Oct. 2019 Mushroom pickers congregate in Kunratice Forest, a short journey away from the city; and typical Czech fare—cabbage, pork, and potato, accompanied by beer—is definitely best-suited to colder weather. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Places to Visit in Europe in October for Stunning Fall Foliage," 4 Oct. 2019 At age 8, Francis remembers being forced to suit up and emcee recitals. Ada Tseng, Daily Pilot, "Through Westminster Arts Academy, the Rios siblings honor the legacy of their larger-than-life father," 25 Sep. 2019 Donte Moncrief, who had five drops in Pittsburgh’s 0-2 start, will not suit up and is among the Steelers’ seven inactives. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers-Steelers pregame: Terrell Owens talks about Antonio Brown," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of suit


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2b

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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“Suit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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

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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