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

Joe had a quick outfit change too after the BBMAs, changing into a smart grey suit and white shirt, complete with white buttonhole flower. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Married With a Las Vegas Wedding After the Billboard Awards," 2 May 2019 Gomez stunned wearing a sleek white suit for the impromptu performance. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Surprises Fans with Her First Ever Coachella Performance," 13 Apr. 2019 Even Miles Brown of Black-ish provided a menswear moment and was photographed wearing a black suit with green accents. Teen Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Weekend Fashions Featuring Gigi Hadid, Yara Shahidi, and Chloe x Halle," 1 Apr. 2019 Much of the furniture on display follows suit, from the vintage Napoleon III side chairs in the master bedroom to the settee in the living room, a family heirloom that belonged to Sims’s grandmother and maintains its original orange upholstery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 The young man wearing the suit could surely compete for awards at any costume contest, so long as the judges don't confuse him for a robot. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dancing Robot at Russian Event Turns Out to Be a Man in a Costume," 12 Dec. 2018 Put makeup on, wear a suit and go drink some brandy so your voice gets deeper. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast and broke our country.," 26 Nov. 2018 Woods, 42, was captured wearing a traditional black suit, while his 33-year-old girlfriend, Herman, opted for a white gown speckled with silver beading. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Tiger Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman get glammed up for Ryder Cup Gala," 27 Sep. 2018 While Ryan posed on the red carpet in a sleek suit and platform boots, her beloved co-star snuck up behind her to give her a hug, making us nostalgic for their onscreen characters in the 1989 rom-com. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal Sweetly Reunite for the 30th Anniversary of When Harry Met Sally," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During their loss at Denver in the finale, the Wolves suited up only one of their highest seven per-game scorers: Andrew Wiggins. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Wolves seek establishment of stability, return to playoffs," 11 Apr. 2019 Pics from suiting up Anne & Nick for their first spacewalk! Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The First All-Female Spacewalk Was Canceled Because NASA's Spacesuits Aren't Made for Women," 26 Mar. 2019 To outside observers, and even their own lawyers, the battle seems pyrrhic and pointless, like a pair of old Civil War reenactors suiting up for one last scrap (Bill is 74, Sue 68). Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 But on July 5, the two-time defending state champion in the 1-mile run will suit up in his orange uniform as a member of the Dutch junior national team at the European Athletics Under 18 Championships in Győr, Hungary. BostonGlobe.com, "For top high school athletes, summer’s not just fun and games," 29 June 2018 But Ashton, whose own playing career was cut short due to a long-term ankle injury, has said that the Hammers should not sign Wilshere as the player is not suited to the needs of the club. SI.com, "Dean Ashton Urges West Ham Not to Sign International Midfielder Due to Injury Record," 6 July 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Grounded in research showing periodic repetition and reminders are good ways to learn new material, the platforms suit a generation of digital natives who prefer checking an app over sitting through a PowerPoint class. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Robots That Manage the Managers," 15 Apr. 2019 There's sure to be one that suits your taste and wardrobe. Glamour, "17 Leather Pants That Might Just Replace Your Favorite Jeans This Spring," 1 Apr. 2019 The formula reacts to your body’s natural pH, providing a plush, natural color that suits the skin tone of every person perfectly and makes annoying lips gloss returns a thing of the past. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "11 Gorgeous Lip Glosses That Won't Break The Bank," 22 Jan. 2019

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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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