\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

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

The suit by Clayton Gibson over ESF, for instance, went nowhere. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“He never paid us a cent”—man suing Tesla has his own lawsuit-filled past," 31 Oct. 2018 Prepare to dry your tears on a prince's suit, when you're deemed the Chosen One. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Woman Meeting Prince Harry on the Royal Tour Is All of Us," 18 Oct. 2018 Many of his fans followed suit, to the vociferous dismay of many others — a testament to how one artist's personal aesthetic choices can have such a far-reaching impression. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 However, if the store follows suit from 2017, tit will be offering free shipping on all online purchases. Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "The Truth About TJ Maxx's Black Friday Deals," 15 Sep. 2018 Just hours after Google pushed out the new update to Pixel phones two weeks ago, Essential followed suit with its own stable release, bringing gesture navigation, Wi-Fi RTT, and of course, camera cutout support to its year-old handset. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "You can try out a fresh slice of Android 9 Pie with more than 50% off the Essential Phone," 20 Aug. 2018 Christine D’Onofrio worked at the company for 24 years before her termination in October 2013, according to the suit, which was filed in September 2015 in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale. Ron Hurtibise,, "Deaf ex-employee wins $775,000 in discrimination case against Pompano Beach Costco," 10 July 2018 Officials in Newtown, Conn., followed suit and demolished Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children were killed in 2012, and built a new one on the site. Meredith Cohn,, "What happens to the sites of mass shootings depends on where and what they are," 10 July 2018 The Durazzos, who had initially promised to set their differences with the queen aside and fight with their fellow Neapolitans, defected to the enemy camp; two of Louis of Taranto’s brothers, Robert and Philip, quickly followed suit. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The reason Amazon gave: they are best suited to attract the high-skilled workers the company wants. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb," 14 Nov. 2018 Dwarf or bush forms of larger vegetables such as tomatoes, pumpkins, and winter squash are most suited to container gardening. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 This particular model is especially well-suited for 1440p gaming thanks to its sizable 8GB memory capacity. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get great graphics cards for cheap in Newegg's GPU sales blitz," 3 Aug. 2018 Ultralight packs, which weigh around two pounds for 45- to 55-liter models, are best suited for backpackers who log long-mileage days and can fill that pack with ultralight sleeping and cooking systems. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 At 6-7 and 220 pounds, Bacon is also best suited to play small forward. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why Charlotte Hornets' roster 'clutter' could be bad news for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist," 7 July 2018 The event is suited for project managers, team leaders, software developers, and business owners. Allison Hagan,, "Business agenda," 3 July 2018 The Yankees are better suited to acquiring outside help thanks to their deep pockets and bountiful farm system, while Boston is mostly tapped out financially and prospect-wise. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Feel free to relate it to some or all of the players in the Eagles secondary; e.g. why Rasul Douglas & Jalen Mills are best suited for cornerback? Zach Berman,, "Eagles make a change to training camp schedule | Early Birds," 26 June 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

 (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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