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 The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and is suitable for ages three to 10., 14 Oct. 2021 That includes pushing back on vague assessments for why a certain person is or isn’t suitable for a particular role. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2021 Seven feet wide, 16 feet long, and 10 feet tall, the Trailer is suitable for a couple or small family. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 10 Oct. 2021 The workshop, which will happen at 275 Arlington Drive, is not suitable for children. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 This technology is most suitable for businesses that produce products on-demand or make a relatively small number of units. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Davis is expected to tell lawmakers that Facebook works to prevent children under 13 from gaining access to platforms that aren't suitable for them. Editors, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 This is suitable for wrists measuring 6.5″ to 8.5″. Chris Hachey, BGR, 27 Sep. 2021 The state has not built a prison since the mid-1990s, and some of its 14 facilities are not suitable for renovations, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC). Mike Cason |, al, 26 Sep. 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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17 Oct 2021

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“Suitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 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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