suitable

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

Definition of suitable

1 obsolete : similar, matching
2a : 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

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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

Synonyms & Antonyms for suitable

Synonyms

able, capable, competent, equal, fit, good, qualified

Antonyms

incompetent, inept, poor, unfit, unfitted, unqualified

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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.

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First reported by Stars and Stripes, the OT&E report says all four versions of of the vehicle are not operationally suitable, with a combination of defects, design problems, and inadequate contractor training support. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Report Slams Military’s Humvee Replacement," 25 Feb. 2019 Martin Scorsese doesn’t usually direct movies that are suitable for kids, but Hugo is an exception. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 Children are placed in foster homes when suitable sponsors are not found. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?," 21 June 2018 Some children have no relatives available and in those cases the government may keep them in shelters for longer periods of time while suitable sponsors are identified and vetted. Salvador Rizzo, Anchorage Daily News, "The facts about Trump's policy of separating families at the border," 20 June 2018 Unaccompanied children are held in these shelters until the government can find a suitable sponsor to release them to, typically a parent, a relative, or family friend. Daniel González, azcentral, "Trump administration is separating migrant parents from children. What you need to know," 15 June 2018 The Michael Kors Access Runway Smartwatch ($350 at michaelkors.com), also from Fossil Group, joins its Armani cousins as a designer wearable that’s more suitable for the office than for play. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 Check in with your doctor for more suitable options. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Bad Is It to Take an Antihistamine to Sleep Every Night?," 13 Dec. 2018 Once access is granted, diplomats can establish where he is being held and whether his detention conditions are suitable. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Canadian Michael Spavor Questioned in China Following Detention of Ex-Diplomat," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of suitable was in 1581

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suitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of suitable

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

suitable

adjective
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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