suit·​able | \ ˈsü-tə-bəl How to pronounce suitable (audio) \

Definition of suitable

1a : adapted to a use or purpose suitable for kitchen use
b : satisfying propriety : proper suitable dress
c : able, qualified a suitable candidate for the job
2 obsolete : similar, matching

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Other Words from suitable

suitability \ ˌsü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce suitability (audio) \ noun
suitableness noun
suitably \ ˈsü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce suitably (audio) \ adverb

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fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action. fit for battle suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands. clothes suitable for camping meet suggests a just proportioning. meet payment proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom. proper acknowledgement appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness. an appropriate gift fitting implies harmony of mood or tone. a fitting end apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination. apt quotations happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate. a happy choice of words felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful. a felicitous phrase

Examples of suitable in a Sentence

The dress was a suitable choice. We upgraded the computer to make it suitable to our needs.
Recent Examples on the Web Kappa‘s latest collection features a variety of jackets and pants that are suitable for skiers at any skill level. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Sportswear Brand Kappa Is Now Available For In-Store Purchasing," 28 Jan. 2020 Later in life, Mr. Barnett found a home suitable for his stature: a new, double-front mansion built in 1890 in the north London neighborhood of St. John’s Wood. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Modern-Day Makeover for a Banking Baron’s Former London Villa," 23 Jan. 2020 Warmer temperatures that might otherwise have been suitable for planting gave way to heavy rains over the summer which ruined what had been planted. Popular Science, "Last year’s historic floods ruined 20 million acres of farmland," 20 Jan. 2020 The 90-degree angle is suitable for shooting off-hand, the 45-degree bend allows a hunter to anchor the shooting stick on a hip, and the horizontal position folds the grip out of the way entirely. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "First Look: The Barnett HyperFlight EVO Crossbow," 9 Jan. 2020 When military dogs are retired, finding a suitable home is challenging, Frankel said. Alex Horton,, "The dog who helped kill Baghdadi met Trump. But Conan is just the latest canine war hero.," 26 Nov. 2019 The areas where beavers build their dams can be overtaken by forests once the beavers leave, forcing the butterfly to find a new suitable home. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Rare butterfly discovered in Alabama by ‘amazing’ coincidence," 24 Oct. 2019 Part of the appeal of porcelain was having suitable homes for her carefully harvested fruit and vegetables. New York Times, "Ann Demeulemeester Doesn’t Miss Fashion at All. She Has Other Plans.," 22 Aug. 2019 But potential upsides include moving closer to family and purchasing a home more suitable for aging in place. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Are you thinking of getting a reverse mortgage? Who should consider one and who shouldn't," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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11 Feb 2020

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“Suitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce suitable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of suitable

: having the qualities that are right, needed, or appropriate for something


suit·​able | \ ˈsü-tə-bəl How to pronounce suitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of suitable

: being fit or right for a use or group The movie is suitable for children.

Other Words from suitable

suitability \ ˌsü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
suitably \ -​blē \ adverb

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