\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

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


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

Other young leaders from around the world followed suit, including Toby Thorpe, who attends school in Hobart, Tasmania, in Australia and participated in one of Australia’s school strikes. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "15-Year-Old Activist Greta Thunberg Schooled World Leaders on Climate Change at a United Nations Summit," 5 Dec. 2018 Chopra followed suit, introducing Jonas to her family later that month. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Other retailers, including Walmart Inc., followed suit later that day. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "How Dick’s Sporting Goods Decided to Change Its Gun Policy," 4 Dec. 2018 The online mecca is know for slashing its already low prices for the shopping holiday and from the looks of it, 2018 is going to follow suit. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's 2018 Cyber Monday Deals Are Insanely Good," 26 Nov. 2018 The rest of the Qantas A380 fleet was grounded, and several other airlines temporarily followed suit, while attention was focused on the jet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Often Do New Airplanes Have Problems?," 2 Nov. 2018 Business owners may want to follow suit and add parking for non-car patrons as well. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 Ferguson credited the businesses for quickly agreeing to end the practice nationwide in response to his legal threats and said fast-food chains that don’t follow suit will be sued. Gene Johnson,, "Fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies," 12 July 2018 The suit claims regulators violated a 2008 agreement requiring the company to deposit approximately $666 million in a trust to pay for leak response work. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Like many historic residential architecture styles, the original Cape Cod homes were practical structures built with available materials suited to the local climate. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Cape Cod-Style Houses," 9 Nov. 2018 Hutchings began altering the Ouija board transcript to suit her vision. Joy Lanzendorfer, Longreads, "Ghost Writer: The Story of Patience Worth, the Posthumous Author," 14 June 2018 And right now, Amazon has a couple different options from Anker on sale to suit the smart phone-toting dad in your life. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "Anker's dirt-cheap Lightning and USB-C cable multipacks are the best Father's Day gift," 14 June 2018 However, light-sheet fluorescence microscopy is a technology particularly suited to imaging large volumes quickly and without causing any damage. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 2018 Visit the Regional Spotlight website to find featured healthcare leaders, indulgent getaways, dynamic educational institutions, and businesses to suit your lifestyle—from across the country and close to home. Woman's Day, "Best in the Country, Close to Home," 15 May 2018 While in the midst of that assignment—which required the kind of delicate give-and-take ill-suited to a hard-driving, no-nonsense Marine—the 72-year-old Mueller received a final call to public service. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018 Create and customize your character, tailor your abilities to suit your play style, and head out into a new frontier full of things to experience. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Online’s beta starts tomorrow," 26 Nov. 2018 The singer’s voice could lift my mom’s spirits immediately, and her attitude and swag gave her the strength to suit up and charge into another day. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "What Aretha Franklin Taught Me About Being Unapologetically Fabulous," 16 Aug. 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

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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

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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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