\ 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 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

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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 But when the person in the middle leaps, the other two don’t follow suit -- and instead kick the middle one’s ankles, sending the person crashing to the ground. oregonlive, "Skull-breaker challenge goes viral on TikTok, leading to serious injuries, lawsuits," 20 Feb. 2020 Nearby industrial facilities at the port followed suit. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Corpus Christi gas explosion shuts down highway, plants," 17 Feb. 2020 Freshman guard Osman Aden, 15, is currently on Latin’s junior varsity squad, and younger brothers Omar, 11, and Ali, 8, could potentially follow suit. Nate Weitzer,, "Sibling rivalry: New Mission’s Abubakar Aden, Boston Latin’s Abdulahi Aden set to go head-to-head in BCL semifinals," 17 Feb. 2020 Since then, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, Maine and Utah have followed suit. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "What is 'conversion therapy' and why is it controversial? Everything you need to know," 17 Feb. 2020 The largely symbolic gesture was done in hopes other cities would follow suit and show their support for the right to bear arms, the mayor said at the time. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Doc Holliday's Saloon in Tombstone spoiling for fight with Arizona liquor police over guns," 17 Feb. 2020 The government of Nigeria declared Boko Haram a terrorist organization in 2013, and several months later, the US State Department followed suit. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Caught between roadblocks, they were sitting ducks for Boko Haram massacre," 15 Feb. 2020 Other countries could follow suit, as Huawei is offering ultra-low-cost telecom packages in a bid to get in on the ground floor of the next-generation wireless infrastructure. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘I don’t know why it’s not self-evident’: Nancy Pelosi endorses Trump’s China warnings in message to Europe," 14 Feb. 2020 The eastern half, including many smaller shards of ice, is following suit. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thanks to the rising popularity of the 28, there’s something to suit everyone now in guns and ammo, and there’s never been a better time to go afield with a 28 gauge. Michael Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "5 Reasons To Love The 28 Gauge," 14 Feb. 2020 The Performance Review is also inflexible in its presentation and does not adjust its form or style to suit, say, millennials, who prefer to receive feedback more frequently, or employees who have been in the same job for several years. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The Performance Review gets its annual performance review," 11 Feb. 2020 This lets the bike shift between full-on track-ready positions and more relaxed commuting-to-work positions, as well as making the bike configurable to suit riders of different sizes. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "This 200-mph electric motorcycle will try to stop accidents before they happen," 7 Feb. 2020 Over the decades, the saloon has taken on various incarnations — a post office, stage depot and a hostelry — morphing to suit the needs of a developing community along a popular emigrant trail. Gregory Thomas,, "Dining at Kirkwood Inn a lesson in California history," 29 Jan. 2020 Aerospace engineers have long understood that birds can morph the shape of their wings to suit various flying patterns, such as takeoff, landing, and turning, but transforming that masterpiece of evolution into something mechanical isn't easy. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What This PigeonBot Tells Us About the Future of Flight," 21 Jan. 2020 The seafood can be varied to suit your market and tastes. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Rosé champagne brings the holiday joy," 28 Dec. 2019 Their remarkable guidance taught me how to mould my PhD experience to suit my style of working and temperament. Navjot Kaur, Quartz India, "How to survive a PhD: hacks from a research scholar," 26 Dec. 2019 All the suits were specially designed to suit Timothée. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Dressing Little Women: Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran on Color, Character, and Breaking the Rules," 25 Dec. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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