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Definition of suit

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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


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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suited \ ˈsü-​təd \ 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


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


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

In the corner of the living room looms a cardboard cutout of the president dressed in a suit and his... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Trump’s Childhood Home in Queens—With Life Size Cutout—Up For Sale," 5 Feb. 2019 As soon as the guests arrive, they are seated according to their party—groom on the right, bride on the left—filling each tent with dozens of sunglasses, bright suits and kitenges. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Instead of recasting him, though, producers decided to put him in a fat suit for the movie. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "33 Mind-Blowing "Harry Potter" Movie Facts That'll Make You Want to Watch Them All Over Again," 31 Jan. 2019 But Australia, which has put whale sanctuaries in place to protect Antarctic populations, took Japan to the International Court of Justice and won a suit over the practice. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Japan restarting commercial whaling, ignoring global moratorium," 26 Dec. 2018 Ali Sonko, the world’s most famous former dishwasher who worked his way up at Noma to become a partner in 2017, strolls up to the entrance, his lanky frame dressed in a sharp black suit. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Anthem’s suit collection Anthem continues to look quite a bit like Warframe, this week showing off its own lineup of flippy ninja and larger (more boring) robots. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release hints, No Man's Sky heads under the sea," 2 Nov. 2018 The signature Loverboy tartan suits and a coatdress on a girl were fitted, spick-and-span. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Against this background, Mr. Finkelman reviews Marshall’s role in suits brought by blacks claiming freedom under state and federal law as well as in actions under federal statutes regulating the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Supreme Injustice’ Review: The High Court and Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among the snaps in her Insta gallery, one shows the two stars staring lovingly each other; the others are candid shots of A-Rod solo, either totally suited up, or more casual at home. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "J.Lo Celebrated Her Two-Year Anniversary With A-Rod in the Sweetest Way," 4 Feb. 2019 Glossier To make buying complexion products online less difficult, Glossier shows exactly how each shade suits a wide variety of skin tones. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Exclusive: Glossier Just Expanded Their Shade Range, and It's a Huge Deal," 29 Jan. 2019 Carrots of different varieties thrive in different soils, so check which will suit your soil at Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 And while these are the standard features of the Summit, all of Colorado Teardrop’s trailers can be customized with different trim options and colors to best suit your needs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Teardrop trailer features bunkbeds to sleep a family of 4," 23 Oct. 2018 With that in mind, those with dark or rainbow hair most likely aren't the best suited for a mauve champagne hue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Mauve Champagne Hair Is the Unexpected Way to Change Up Your Blonde for Fall," 24 Sep. 2018 Glencoe’s Independence Day parade is not the massive production of other communities, which suits Village President Larry Levin well. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe Fourth of July parade brings back memories for some, creates new ones for others," 10 July 2018 Today’s arrangements suit his village’s multinational identity, and have put it on the map. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018 The West as garden, rather than desert, suited their ambitions far better, and railroad publicists rolled out a relentless tide of promotional material. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of suit


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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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English Language Learners Definition of suit

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: 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

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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 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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