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

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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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of suitable was in 1581

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16 Oct 2020

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“Suitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce suitable (audio)

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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