suit·able | \ˈsü-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun
suitableness noun
suitably \ˈsü-tə-blē \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for suitable

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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And smaller roads north and south of the interstate are now more suitable for riding after being paved and marked. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "'If you’re in a car you wouldn’t notice that': Folks on Spokes promote cycling in Southland," 4 June 2018 Magician Bruce Young will perform a magic show suitable for all ages, organizers said. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Free magic show coming to downtown Aurora," 12 July 2018 Due to the crowds of spectators, individuals are encouraged to arrive a half hour before sunset to find a space suitable for viewing Manhattanhenge. Renae Reints, Fortune, "This Is Your Last Chance to Experience Manhattanhenge in 2018," 12 July 2018 The organization teaches potential candidates how to create fundraising plans and convert their impressive CVs into political narratives suitable for the campaign trail. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office," 12 July 2018 Finding a camper van suitable for kids and gear is precisely the challenge my family faced. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 Largely nocturnal, mudpuppies are found under the cover of rocks and logs or other suitable structures. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 Part of the challenge with getting rid of Sativa is that LAFCO would have to find a suitable replacement. Ruben Vives,, "Abolishing a water district isn't easy — even when it's accused of nepotism, mismanagement and delivering brown water," 7 July 2018 The cones, cubes and other geometric forms projecting from the painting’s surface are accompanied by a paint brush and a costume party-suitable mask. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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