suitable

adjective suit·able \ ˈsü-tə-bəl \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of suitable

1 obsolete : similar, matching
2 a : 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

suitability

play \ˌsü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

suitableness

noun

suitably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of suitable in a Sentence

  1. The dress was a suitable choice.

  2. We upgraded the computer to make it suitable to our needs.

Recent Examples of suitable from the Web

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First Known Use of suitable

1581

Synonym Discussion of 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

SUITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

suitable

adjective

Definition of suitable for English Language Learners

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


SUITABLE Defined for Kids

suitable

adjective suit·able \ ˈsü-tə-bəl \

Definition of suitable for Students

: being fit or right for a use or group
  • The movie is suitable for children.

suitability

\ˌsü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

suitably

\-blē\ adverb


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