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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After being incubated, seven of those cells matured and were suitable for fertilization. Washington Post, "Scientists succeed in creating northern white rhino embryos," 12 Sep. 2019 Access roads are gravel/dirt with some washboard sections that are suitable for passenger vehicles. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Sycamore Canyon hike has dramatic views, but don't venture over the edge unprepared," 11 Sep. 2019 The most affordable Spin 13 gives you a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage for $699—a reasonable price for a device like this with specs that will be suitable for most Chromebook users' needs. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks," 7 Sep. 2019 Bialetti stovetop espresso makers are suitable for use on gas, electric, and ceramic hobs. Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping, "This Coffee Maker Saves Me $3,500 a Year," 2 Aug. 2019 After the hiatus, Chaplin’s crew realized that, due to rampant development, their Hollywood location was no longer suitable. Katherine Yamada, Glendale News-Press, "Verdugo Views: Charlie Chaplin’s time filming ‘The Circus’ had comedic moments of its own," 5 Sep. 2019 Responses are for informational purposes only and individuals should consider whether any general recommendations in these responses are suitable for their particular circumstances based on investment objectives, financial situation and needs. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Money: Does Medicare cover overseas healthcare?," 4 Sep. 2019 While vitamin C serums have a reputation for being irritating, the brand claims this one is suitable for all skin types due to the addition of the soothing and hydrating ingredients. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Summer Fridays' New Vitamin C Serum Is Like Glass Skin in a Bottle," 4 Sep. 2019 Thirty years later, in 2008, the association created a national corridor plan for the U.S. Bicycle Routes to facilitate travel between the states over existing routes that have been identified as being suitable for cycling. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some Santee streets becoming part of national bike route," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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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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