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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Doctors say that home dialysis, while harder to set up and not suitable for every case, is more convenient and easier on patients' bodies. Bloomberg News, oregonlive.com, "Less dialysis, more kidney transplants: Trump overhauls chronic care system," 10 July 2019 Grass, gravel and sand surfaces are not suitable for fireworks. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "How to stay safe during your Fourth of July fireworks show," 25 June 2019 From the opening shot of Ophelia adrift in a river, in mimicry of Millais’s famous painting, the film seems to splash around in search of a suitable style. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Yesterday” Wants to Hold Your Hand," 28 June 2019 These are only suitable for people avoiding gluten for non-medical reasons, say, to cut calories. Brierley Horton, Health.com, "8 Best Gluten-Free Beers You'll Want to Stock Up On," 27 June 2019 The perfect setting for parents, couples and friends looking for easy Italian in an atmosphere suitable for the whole family. The Know Staff, The Know, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 The goal is to have every resident live within a 20-minute walk of a node, which would be a suitable location for a grocery, coffee shop, housing, transit station and other amenities. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan heads to Met Council. Here’s what’s in it.," 25 June 2019 However, the great thing about online matching is that meeting a suitable partner is in part a numbers game. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Generous friend is overwhelmed by “gimmes”," 24 June 2019 Carlos Nobre, an earth system scientist at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, who was also not involved in the new study, adds that many species are interdependent—so the disappearance of one might decrease the suitable area for another. Tim Vernimmen, Scientific American, "Business as Usual Threatens Thousands of Amazon Tree Species," 24 June 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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More Definitions for suitable

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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