suitable

adjective
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

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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The Reds will be in the market for a new keeper in the summer, but with the Reds looking to make a title challenge sooner rather than later, perhaps a more experienced name would be more suitable. SI.com, "Super Agent Mino Raiola to Approach Liverpool Over Potential World-Record Deal for Goalkeeper," 23 May 2018 Not every lot is suitable, or the costs to develop the lot may break your budget. Jeff Layton, The Seattle Times, "Your PNW vacation home: How to pick a site and the right crew," 29 Mar. 2019 After all, leopard print and jewels are suitable for any old place. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 Though the participants are swathed in traditional white ball gowns adorned with spun sugar-like tulle or ruched silk rosettes, the hunt for a suitable husband is no longer the point of debutante balls. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "A bumper crop of 27 debutantes make SF debut," 25 June 2018 There are plenty of cities in South Korea and China that could have been suitable, but this is a meeting between Kim and Trump, not other interested parties. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Trump and Kim will meet in Singapore. Here’s why.," 10 May 2018 In his will, William appointed Louis VI of France as Eleanor’s guardian, asking the king to protect his lands and daughter until a suitable husband could be found. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Eleanor of Aquitaine," 4 Apr. 2018 Besides, a starkly bare complexion is far more suitable to Gucci's strange, high-impact statements anyway. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "What the Gucci Runway Just Taught Us About Beauty at Milan Fashion Week," 20 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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