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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

Synonyms for suit

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 According to the suit, Walder complained about the incident to Hockaday’s chief financial officer, who the document says dismissed her concerns, denied any responsibility by the school, praised Baldwin and said no action would be taken. Vandana Ravikumar, Dallas News, "Lawsuit alleges Dallas prep school dismissed complaints about teacher later arrested on child porn charges," 16 Nov. 2020 Daniel Michaelson to lieutenant and cited concerns about Michaelson’s work performance and alleged failure to follow commands, according to the suit. oregonlive, "Portland police supervisor alleges he faced retaliation for not recommending Jami Resch’s domestic partner for lieutenant’s promotion," 13 Nov. 2020 According to the suit, Brown was walking north along the road at 2 p.m. that day when she was attacked by the dogs and killed. William Thornton |, al, "Wrongful death suit filed in Walker County dog mauling," 12 Nov. 2020 Hankison was employed by the bar for about five years, ending in 2018, according to the suit. Dylan Lovan, Star Tribune, "Lawsuit: Former Louisville officer sexually assaulted woman," 11 Nov. 2020 At least three students and two staff members had tested positive, according to the suit, and other faculty members were quarantining. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Football fan penalty, first pitch, charcoal treatment: News from around our 50 states," 10 Nov. 2020 In that case, officers pointed a gun at the unarmed vacationers, one of whom was in handcuffs, and used a Taser multiple times on two of them, according to the suit. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit couple, others sue tiny Ohio island town cops for alleged excessive force," 9 Nov. 2020 And another male student grabbed the girl’s arm and forced her hand against his genitals during a math class, according to the suit. Lillian Reed,, "Second former Concordia Preparatory School student files federal lawsuit alleging sexual assault complaints were ignored," 6 Nov. 2020 According to the suit, the county’s Board of Elections had identified at least 1,200 ballots that were defective as of Oct. 31. Chris Dolmetsch,, "Pennsylvania Republicans Sue Alleging Early Vote Counting," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Gaskin emerged, Miami shifted the offense to a spread set that didn’t suit Howard. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins place Myles Gaskin on injured reserve, search for starting tailback amid banged-up backups," 5 Nov. 2020 But as this year’s holiday approached, Ms. Dibert, 43, and her daughter Savannah, 26, struggled to come up with a costume that would suit such a strange and tumultuous time. Gillian Friedman, New York Times, "For Retailers, a Halloween Shock: It’s Actually Happening," 29 Oct. 2020 Ahead, navigate your way straight to the sales that will best suit your plus-size shopping needs. Amanda Randone,, "The Best Of Amazon Prime Day’s Plus-Size Fashion Deals," 13 Oct. 2020 Here are four homes new to the market that will suit virtually any lifestyle, according to a company spokesperson. Dallas News, "Fall is ideal for home shopping, firm says," 4 Oct. 2020 Running back Adrian Peterson will suit up against the Vikings for the third time since leaving Minnesota. Star Tribune, "Scouting report: Vikings vs. Lions," 5 Nov. 2020 The words and details should suit how much the recipient(s) know about baking cakes in general and that cake in particular. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, "Our Favorite Kind of Heirloom: Passing Down Cake Recipes," 5 Nov. 2020 Although designers dreamt up their fall collections long before our world went haywire, many of this season’s bags, luckily, suit our current needs. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "Handbags Aren’t Dead. Four You’ll Love for Fall.," 14 Oct. 2020 Leesa has a mattress to suit every sleeper’s preferences, from all-foam to foam and spring hybrid mattresses, not to mention free no-contact delivery on all orders. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Burrow, Reebok, Leesa and more," 6 Oct. 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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19 Nov 2020

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“Suit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 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)


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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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