\ ˈsüt How to pronounce suit (audio) \

Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of garments: such as
a : an ensemble of two or more usually matching outer garments (such as a jacket, vest, and trousers) businessmen wearing three-piece suits
b : a costume to be worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions gym suits
2a : an action or process in a court for the recovery of a right or claim
b : recourse or appeal to a feudal superior for justice or redress
3a : all the playing cards in a pack bearing the same symbol
b : all the dominoes bearing the same number
c : all the cards or counters in a particular suit held by one player a 5-card suit
d : the suit led follow suit
4 slang : a business executive usually used in plural
5 : a group of things forming a unit : suite used chiefly of armor, sails, and counters in games
6 : an act or instance of suing or seeking by entreaty : appeal specifically : courtship
7 archaic : suite sense 1


suited; suiting; suits

Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to meet the needs or desires of : please suits me fine
2a : to be proper for : befit a mood that suits the occasion
b : to be becoming to that dress suits you
3 : to outfit with clothes : dress
4 : accommodate, adapt suit the action to the word

intransitive verb

1 : to put on specially required clothing (such as a uniform or protective garb) usually used with upplayers suiting up for the game
2 : to be in accordance : agree the position suits with your abilities
3 : to be appropriate or satisfactory these prices don't suit

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suited \ ˈsü-​təd How to pronounce suited (audio) \ adjective

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of suit in a Sentence

Noun He wore his gray suit to the job interview. filed a suit against the company that had manufactured the faulty heater, claiming they were responsible for the fire Verb This kind of behavior hardly suits a person of your age. She gave a serious speech that suited the occasion. The formal furniture really suited the style of the house. The job suits her very well.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chances are shoppers can expect months more of seeing store employees wearing masks and gloves – and store signs urging shoppers to follow suit. Alexander Coolidge,, "Rebuilding America: Will grocery shopping ever be the same after the pandemic?," 28 May 2020 Other children's hospitals throughout the country have already formed similar teams, and officials hope the Wisconsin model will inspire more to follow suit. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Children's Wisconsin adds mental health team to ER, responding to rising rates of self-harm," 27 May 2020 And other tech companies are not necessarily following suit. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump escalates his war with Twitter ... on Twitter," 27 May 2020 Various other sportsball teams, from the NFL's New Orleans Saints to NCAA's Nebraska Cornhuskers, followed suit. Matt Wake |, al, "‘The Last Dance’: Top 10 songs from Michael Jordan doc," 26 May 2020 Much of the professional theater world is following suit. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "The Fall of Autumn: Live Performance Producers Are Giving Up on 2020," 24 May 2020 Jakarta, a city of more than 10m people, secured approval on April 10th; since then at least 20 provinces and regencies have followed suit. The Economist, "Muddled mudik messages As covid-19 spreads, Indonesia’s president has an unhappy Eid," 24 May 2020 Economic incentives must follow suit by rewarding health care conversations and outcome metrics above physical exams and interventions. Eric Snoey, Wired, "Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals," 23 May 2020 But the question remains, when will Disney and other major theme parks follow suit? Universal and Legoland have asked state and local officials in Florida to reopen June 1. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "What’s the future for Disney, Universal and other theme parks around the US?," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The interior is full of hard plastics and has a stark, minimalist design that suits the Jimny's back-to-basics nature and the fit and finish are good enough for a car in its price range. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2020 Suzuki Jimny Is an Adorable and Tiny Off-Road Box that We Can't Buy," 26 May 2020 However, Rogers, who will also suit up to play with the 65-and-over Kansas City Kids at the Missouri Open, isn’t spending much time worrying about the potential pitfalls of his event. Sean Gregory, Time, "'I’m Anxious to Get Out and Compete': Senior Citizens Still Plan to Play in Travel Softball Tournaments During the COVID-19 Pandemic," 24 May 2020 New York in the seventies was wild and lawless, which suited a young person searching for a tribe. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Ad-Rock Just Wants to Be Friends," 24 May 2020 The exterior of this Old Preston Hollow home gives the impression of a traditional home with updates that suit modern design elements. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Peek inside an updated five-bedroom Preston Hollow home that meshes contemporary and classic design," 22 May 2020 For example, 9to5Mac noted last month that NextVR holds patents for upscaling video streams, presumably in ways that suit mixed reality. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple acquired NextVR, suggesting it still harbors VR ambitions," 14 May 2020 Part of the problem is that the viral protein best suited to serve as the basis for a vaccine against HIV falls apart as soon as researchers try to manipulate it in any way. Scientific American, "20 Years in the Making: A New Approach to a Vaccine against HIV," 12 May 2020 For perfecting winged liner, make sure your wing suits your eye shape, and draw the wing as a continuation of your lower lash line. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "A Makeup Artist On Her Industry’s Uncertain Future," 13 May 2020 Each pick comes with its own benefits that suit particular cleaning needs, including cloths that require less laundering and those with extra absorbency. Braelyn Wood,, "These 7 Alternatives to Paper Towels Are the Perfect Sustainable Swap During the Shortage," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of suit


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2b

History and Etymology for suit


Middle English sute, seute pursuit, retinue, set, legal action, from Anglo-French siute, suite, from Vulgar Latin *sequita, from feminine of *sequitus, past participle of *sequere to follow — more at sue

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“Suit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a set of clothes that usually consists of a jacket and a skirt or pair of pants that are made out of the same material
: a set of clothes or protective covering that is worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions
: a process by which a court of law makes a decision to settle a disagreement or problem between people or organizations



English Language Learners Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide what is required or wanted by or for (someone or something)
: to be proper or suitable for (someone or something)
: to be attractive on (someone)


\ ˈsüt How to pronounce suit (audio) \

Kids Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of clothing having matching top and bottom pieces
2 : a set of clothes or protective coverings worn for a special purpose or under particular conditions a gym suit a suit of armor
3 : an action in court to settle a disagreement or enforce a right or claim
4 : all the playing cards of one kind (as spades, hearts, diamonds, or clubs) in a pack


suited; suiting

Kids Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to be suitable or satisfactory The time of the meeting suits my schedule.
2 : to make suitable : adapt You should suit your speech for your audience.
3 : to be proper for or pleasing with That scarf does not suit the dress.
4 : to meet the needs or desires of … it was fully settled that James should go … as it suited his master …— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty


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Legal Definition of suit

: a proceeding to enforce a right or claim specifically : an action brought in a court seeking a remedy for injuries suffered or a determination of rights : lawsuit

History and Etymology for suit

Anglo-French siute suitesuit request to initiate legal proceedings, literally, pursuit, from siute, feminine past participle of suire to follow, from Old French sivre — see sue

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