\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amanda Carley, a onetime Mendocino County deputy probation officer, filed suit against the county and Chief Noble Waidelich in 2017 after years of alleged domestic abuse. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Since the trade, two more women have filed suit against the quarterback. Matt Young, Chron, 10 June 2022 Wu said the release of the massive file was to demonstrate a commitment to transparency — though it should be noted that the Globe had filed suit seeking those same records in 2021, prior to Wu taking office. Adrian Walker,, 10 June 2022 Legal Aid filed suit on Feb. 18, 2021 after the state agency failed to provide a timeline for the production of documents. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 10 June 2022 How many massage therapists have now filed suit against new Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 7 June 2022 The companies announced the surprising partnership five years after Waymo filed a suit against Uber, alleging a plot to steal trade secrets and intellectual property. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 7 June 2022 Henry’s Louisiana Grill had filed suit against Allied Insurance Co. of America after its affiliate, Nationwide, denied coverage. Bill Rankin, ajc, 3 June 2022 In response, attorneys for the Southern Environmental Law Center have filed suit in US District Court to throw out the license, saying the FAA failed to correctly assess the risks of launching small rockets from the location, AP reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But some Chrome critics have noted that the Manifest V3 changes rather suit Google’s browser, since the tech giant's business model is based around advertising. Kate O'flaherty, Forbes, 13 June 2022 But management may not suit their skills, Race says. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 9 June 2022 But part of the case remains, thanks to pre-suit assurances by Twitter. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 The majority of grill gazebos are roughly 8 feet wide by 5 feet deep, so first decide whether those dimensions suit your space. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 One, inertia rules the day and local counties are stuck with a big tax bill; two, Disney files suit to stop the dissolution; or three, Disney and Florida renegotiate a new special district. Eric Levenson And Steve Contorno, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 Prior to its appearance at the Get Back sessions, worn the day the band recorded the song of the same name, Harrison wore the ultra-'60s suit to the premiere of the film Wonderwall at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 1968. Jordan Runtagh,, 4 Apr. 2022 The pace and narrative arcs of the two shows suit the individual artists, Ouzounian adds. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Not only is the lack of noise pollution (and regular pollution), lower maintenance costs and usability attractive to big ski resorts, Bruneau says the performance and battery characteristics suit ski patrol duties perfectly. Bryan Campbell, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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