suit

noun
\ ˈsüt How to pronounce suit (audio) \

Definition of suit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : suite sense 1
2a : recourse or appeal to a feudal superior for justice or redress
b : an action or process in a court for the recovery of a right or claim
3 : an act or instance of suing or seeking by entreaty : appeal specifically : courtship
4 : a group of things forming a unit : suite used chiefly of armor, sails, and counters in games
5 : 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
6a : 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
7 slang : a business executive usually used in plural

suit

verb
suited; suiting; suits

Definition of suit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from suit

Noun

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

Synonyms for suit

Synonyms: Noun

action, lawsuit, proceeding

Synonyms: Verb

befit, beseem [archaic], do, fit [archaic], go, serve

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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

The details included in the suit offer the first account of the incident involving Cpl. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Jail guard attacked inmate, later threatened to hang him for ‘snitching’ to U.S. Marshals, unrelated lawsuit says," 10 July 2019 The District of Columbia case is one of three that argues the president is violating the emoluments clause, but this case is notable because the plaintiffs in this suit — members of Congress — are mentioned in the clause itself. CBS News, "Justice Department files to stop Trump suit demanding financial documents," 9 July 2019 In its decision to suspend Sigma Chi from campus, Stanford said the fraternity violated the university’s alcohol regulations in April 2014, the spring of 2016 and during the party in January 2018, according to the suit. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Stanford “unjustly” punished a fraternity for unproven drugging, suit alleges," 8 July 2019 The park has more than 65 acres of developmental land and build-to-suit opportunities. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Real estate transactions: Advanced Energy Partners, Westlake Dermatology, HCA Healthcare ink deals," 5 July 2019 With that grim information, Byrom did not feel the urgency to more quickly deliver her baby via cesarean section, according to the suit. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore jury's record $229 million malpractice verdict may change a life — but likely not the system," 4 July 2019 They are described in suit as being involved in Hamilton County Democratic party politics. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "No restraining order on any Cincinnati City Council text messages, but court case over private texts continues," 2 July 2019 Madigan denies the allegations in the suit brought by failed 2016 candidate Jason Gonzales. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "New depositions reveal Team Madigan’s ‘strange’ request: Help a candidate run against the speaker," 1 July 2019 According to the suit, the encounter started about a half-hour before midnight on Oct. 19. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit: Woman jailed for being drunk in Oceanside was really having a stroke," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some people, like pioneering female pilot Jerrie Cobb and NASA flight surgeon William Lovelace, believed that women were just as capable and perhaps better suited to be astronauts than men. Wendy Whitman Cobb, The Conversation, "Women are less supportive of space exploration – getting a woman on the Moon might change that," 9 July 2019 Kevin Knox, a young star who underwhelmed last year and has much to prove, will also be suiting up. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson headlines another fascinating year at NBA summer league in Las Vegas," 5 July 2019 Direct military confrontation with the West doesn’t suit Iran. Washington Post, "A breakdown of what’s at stake in US-Iran crisis," 27 June 2019 Cameron Spencer, Pat’s younger brother, will suit up for Hardy next season as a freshman. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern basketball lands an unusual transfer – the nation’s top lacrosse player, Pat Spencer," 13 June 2019 The shorter Pebble Beach should suit his game much better. Matt Bonesteel, courant.com, "Can anyone beat Brooks Koepka at Pebble Beach?," 11 June 2019 Somehow, though, the appellation doesn’t quite suit her. Sarah Vitali, Harper's magazine, "Kill Your Darlings," 10 May 2019 They were retired after selling their Toronto restaurant business, and figured the warm, dry climate would suit them anyway. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 Sep. 2018 They were retired after selling their Toronto restaurant business, and figured the warm, dry climate would suit them anyway. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of suit

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for suit

Noun

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

noun

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

suit

verb

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)

suit

noun
\ 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

suit

verb
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

suit

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suit

noun

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 suite suit 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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