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


able, capable, competent, equal, fit, good, qualified


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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If that doesn’t work, schools are required to help the child’s parents find a more suitable program. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, "Despite laws cracking down on preschool expulsions, thousands of young children a year are put out of school.," 3 Aug. 2019 What the city got: These projects were part of the plan to make Westgate more suitable for large events and gatherings. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "How much sports debt does Glendale still owe? And was it worth it?," 1 Aug. 2019 Park features two interactive water playgrounds -- one for smaller children, with climbing features and a small slide, the other with features more suitable for older children, including water dump buckets. Jennifer Boehm,, "Beat the heat: South Florida’s best water parks, pools, splash parks," 23 July 2019 On your everyday sofa, or perhaps on something more suitable for the occasion? Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "The Star Wars Furniture You've Always Dreamed About Is Finally Available in the U.S.," 18 June 2019 Not your average ninja, nor your average kids movie about ninjas, the Danish animated feature Checkered Ninja (Ternet Ninja) lies somewhere between a clever coming-of-age cartoon and a racy comedy more suitable for a slot on Adult Swim. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Checkered Ninja' ('Ternet Ninja'): Film Review | Annecy 2019," 14 June 2019 Meanwhile, Idaho lawmakers in 2009 passed legislation favoring domestic sheep producers and limiting Idaho Fish and Game’s ability to transplant bighorns to expand bighorn populations to suitable bighorn habitat in the state. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "State refuses to recognize bighorn as biggest ever for Idaho," 29 May 2019 Their apartment, on the second floor of an old, brick building in a shabby part of a nice neighborhood, was suitable for a mother and a daughter, but would be a tight squeeze for a third. Stephanie Green,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 The following episode contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences, including graphic depictions of violence and suicide. Samantha Highfill,, "Netflix alters Hannah's graphic suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why season 1," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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