\ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boys’ hockey has had a Division 1A tournament since 1991, and baseball followed suit in 2014., "Super 8 high school sports tournaments won’t be held for at least the next four years," 15 Apr. 2021 Connecticut claimed to have followed suit soon thereafter. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Are States Really Abolishing Qualified Immunity for Cops? Not Exactly.," 13 Apr. 2021 Alameda County and the city of Berkeley recently followed suit. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "More than half of California local health departments have already opened up vaccine eligibility," 12 Apr. 2021 Pittsburgh followed suit Monday by adding veteran depth in acquiring Jeff Carter in a deal with Los Angeles. John Wawrow, ajc, "No cap crunch for Capitals, who land Mantha at deadline," 12 Apr. 2021 Now, his younger sister Princess Anne has followed suit, sharing her own personal tribute to her late father. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Anne on Prince Philip's Death: "You Are Never Really Ready."," 11 Apr. 2021 Conservative legislators in a dozen states have followed suit. Los Angeles Times, "Column: No shoes, no shot, no service. Why vaccine ‘passports’ are a good idea," 11 Apr. 2021 After the Maryland House of Delegates overrode Hogan's veto of House Bill 670 on Friday, the upper chamber followed suit on Saturday, with the state Senate overriding the governor's vetoes of Senate Bills 71 and 178. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Maryland becomes first state to repeal police bill of rights," 10 Apr. 2021 Hospitalizations have followed suit, giving overwhelmed doctors and nurses some breathing room. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: The Legislature can declare an end to COVID, but hundreds of thousands of our neighbors have long weeks ahead," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s a lightning-fast lunch (or dinner) that can be tweaked to suit anyone’s preferences. See the complete nachos how to video and check out prior installments below. Mike Rose, cleveland, "How to make baked lunch nachos (video)," 16 Apr. 2021 Despite its slim silhouette, Bang & Olufsen claims that Beosound Emerge can deliver rich and powerful sound to suit any space. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Bang & Olufsen Slips Another Stylish Wireless Speaker On Its Bookshelf," 15 Apr. 2021 Tuft & Paw's selection of cozy beds come in a range of different textures, sizes, shapes, and materials, so there's absolutely one to suit both your cat's and your styles. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, "This Pet Brand Is Making Litter Boxes and Cat Scratchers Into Actual Pieces of Decor," 14 Apr. 2021 There are temporary anchors, overnight anchors and numerous different designs to suit particular conditions. Bob Beacham,, "The best boat anchor," 10 Apr. 2021 Farmhouse style is simple and can be customized to suit your personal preferences. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "Amazon Farmhouse Kitchen Décor That'll Make Your Shabby-Chic Dreams Come True," 9 Apr. 2021 For example, on those many days of early, in-person voting — including two Saturdays, and optional Sundays — voting locations have to be open at least eight hours, with county officials given leeway to adjust the times to suit their constituents. Ilya Shapiro, National Review, "Georgia Election-Law Backlash Exposes Outrageous Double Standard," 5 Apr. 2021 Pasta on its own is always a delicious safe bet (especially now that there are plenty of alternatives to suit just about any dietary need). Audrey Bruno, SELF, "50 Vegetarian Pasta Recipes to Bookmark Now," 2 Apr. 2021 Midi and maxi-length dresses are practically ubiquitous, and there are more than enough silhouettes, color palettes, and fabrics available to suit every preference. Grace Stearns, Vogue, "No Frills: The Best Dresses for Non-Dress People," 30 Mar. 2021

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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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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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