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 suitable (audio) \ noun
suitableness noun
suitably \ ˈsü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce suitable (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 As far as lipstick goes, Sink doesn't subscribe to the belief that some colors aren't suitable for redheads. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Sadie Sink Takes the Same Less-Is-More Approach to Beauty As Her Stranger Things Character," 1 Mar. 2021 With a bevy of magnetic attachments, the Supersonic is suitable for any and all hair types. Tanya Akim, Forbes, "The 5 Best Dyson Products That Will Change Your Life In 2021," 28 Feb. 2021 Further, Shulz said, because it can be stored for three months in a refrigerator and up to to two years in a freezer, the vaccine is suitable for smaller sites, such as pharmacies or doctors' office as more supplies become available. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky researchers proud to be part of 'historic' Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial," 27 Feb. 2021 This is suitable for DIY crafts, large scale activities, and more. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Party Streamers," 26 Feb. 2021 Dupree would be suitable replacement for Vernon and is capable of similar sack production. cleveland, "If the Browns don’t sign J.J. Watt, Von Miller and other top rushers will be on their radar: Browns Insider," 21 Feb. 2021 Widespread, mobile species which can fly would have been not suitable for our study. Quartz Africa, "What increased land use means for Mount Kilimanjaro’s already isolated ecosystem," 20 Feb. 2021 Upholstered furniture is of course more suitable for the indoors and can add warmth to a kitchen or den. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Bar stools that bring a room together," 19 Feb. 2021 This story contains racist and derogatory language, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Rob Kuznia, CNN, "How White nationalists evade the law and continue profiting off hate," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of suitable

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of suitable was in 1563

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3 Mar 2021

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“Suitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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