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

While Ryan posed on the red carpet in a sleek suit and platform boots, her beloved co-star snuck up behind her to give her a hug, making us nostalgic for their onscreen characters in the 1989 rom-com. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal Sweetly Reunite for the 30th Anniversary of When Harry Met Sally," 12 Apr. 2019 As Palacios told these tales to his marching soldiers (that would be us), we were interrupted by—what else?—a dragon, played by Antonio Palma, who appeared at the top of a hill clad in a green-screen suit and carrying a large green ball on a stick. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Game of Thrones," 11 Apr. 2019 A half-dozen figures in one-piece work suits and hard hats appear on deck, working the ropes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Travis wore a suave black suit and Kylie stunned in an artsy powder pink jumpsuit with massive statement sleeves. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Together Amid Engagement Rumors," 11 Feb. 2019 To measure the tiny suits and gowns, the seamstresses often use doll dress patterns or Coke cans. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 Easy, in that crowd of black suits and narrow ties, to feel anonymous. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 So are the hundreds of people — dressed in gowns, tuxes, evening suits, and sparkly tops — who also obliged the dress code. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 2018 The outlet also reported that the actor, who is also somewhat slimmer than Williams, had to don a fat suit and an afro-style wig in addition to his darker makeup to match William's full look. Fox News, "Seth Rogen apologizes for use of blackface on 'Good Boys' film set," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Newsletter Sign-up Grounded in research showing periodic repetition and reminders are good ways to learn new material, the platforms suit a generation of digital natives who prefer checking an app over sitting through a PowerPoint class. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Robots That Manage the Managers," 15 Apr. 2019 There's sure to be one that suits your taste and wardrobe. Glamour, "17 Leather Pants That Might Just Replace Your Favorite Jeans This Spring," 1 Apr. 2019 The formula reacts to your body’s natural pH, providing a plush, natural color that suits the skin tone of every person perfectly and makes annoying lips gloss returns a thing of the past. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "11 Gorgeous Lip Glosses That Won't Break The Bank," 22 Jan. 2019 The clunky nature of early smartwatches has given way to sleek, slick styles that will suit any look and attitude (and almost every budget). David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 For the rest of you, look at anything with Hitachino in the name that suits your taste; read about their stout and some other brewers’ options courtesy of Compathy. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "World Cup 2018: Virtual beer crawl among the knockout-stage teams," 28 June 2018 Harry Styles is showing off his style around the world, wearing colorful custom Calvin Klein suits everywhere from Atlanta to Stockholm to Sydney. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harry Styles Wears Custom Calvin Klein 205W39NYC For World Tour," 26 June 2018 Gelding also drops from the $6,250 ranks at 870 yards to the $2,500 level at a more preferred 4 1/2 distance that suits his closing style. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Still no clarity on Golden Gate," 22 June 2018 Joining Alexander are Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant and Western Michigan corner Sam Beal and they, too, fit positions and physical traits that suit the Bengals. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: New helmets and a supplemental steal?," 10 June 2018

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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

suit

Medical Definition of suit

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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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