suit

noun
\ 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

suit

verb
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 up players 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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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

Beshear, joined by the Jefferson County Teachers Association, filed the suit saying that the cabinet lacked the power to investigate and punish teachers. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Judge Shepherd won't withdraw from teacher 'sickout' case because of Facebook 'like'," 4 Sep. 2019 According to the law firm, the suit is the first filed against Walmart after the shooting that killed 22 people and injured 24 more, including the Garcias. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Family sues Walmart after both parents were shot in El Paso attack," 4 Sep. 2019 The brand creates men’s suits and traditional outfits, alongside its sister brand Mai Atafo Bridal Atelier, which specializes in wedding and evening dresses. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards: Meet These International Designers On The Rise," 4 Sep. 2019 The small crowd is a cross-section of Pedroites: a young mother and son; two contractors waiting in their truck; a guy with a Realtor vibe in a midrange suit; a cop; and Mike Watt, San Pedro’s venerable gift to punk rock. Jesse Pearson, Los Angeles Times, "We eat econo: Mike Watt on pork sandwiches, punk rock and the future of San Pedro," 4 Sep. 2019 Not long after those suits were filed, the US government added Huawei to a trade blacklist that restricts American companies from selling products to Huawei. Clare Duffy, CNN, "US government seeks to disqualify former Deputy Attorney General as Huawei lawyer," 4 Sep. 2019 Until the movie hits theaters in November, feast your eyes on some of her greatest red carpet moments, from the bubblegum gown to a spectacular blue suit Princess Jasmine would definitely approve of. Teen Vogue, "8 of Naomi Scott's Most Show-Stopping Looks," 4 Sep. 2019 Clients of Matthew Souther, an attorney at Neil Dymott, filed a potential class action suit in March that accused Bird, Lime and the City of San Diego of not complying with disability rights laws to keep sidewalks clear. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.," 4 Sep. 2019 Joe Biden, in his nearly pristine ignorance, is ready to supply whatever — whomever — suits on that front. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "How to Spot a Serious Gun-Crime Proposal," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Are there people for whom first dates are always hopeless — people better suited to romance that arrives gradually with a classmate, colleague, acquaintance or friend? Washington Post, "Date Lab: He knew how he felt almost immediately," 5 Sep. 2019 For the first time since the first week of training camp, Ford and Bosa practiced Monday, a positive sign that the edge-rushing saviors should suit up Sunday and get after Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston. 2. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: Will the line be able to protect Jimmy G?," 3 Sep. 2019 In such an environment, loud talk with no action suits both governments. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "Like Pakistan, India may soon face the catastrophic costs of steroid-driven nationalism," 3 Sep. 2019 This was partly out of self-interest: property rights suited the cattle-owning nobility. The Economist, "The battle of Botswana’s big men," 29 Aug. 2019 For Thursday night’s 17-15 loss to the Seahawks, the Raiders suited up, by an unofficial count, 46 players, holding most of their likely 53-man roster out of the preseason finale. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders lose preseason finale at Seattle; starters will be well-rested for Week 1," 29 Aug. 2019 These are the mascots who suit up Friday nights for Clear Creek ISD high schools: The Clear Creek Wildcat. Jennie Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Football quiz: Can you name all the mascots for Clear Creek ISD teams?," 23 Aug. 2019 For those who have a skin tone similar to Bieber's, Blurred Buff (a bronze rose) and Coral Cloud (a pure peach) will look especially pretty on your complexion, while Pink Sky (a bright, poppy pink) will suit both fair and deep skin tones. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How Hailey Bieber Applies Pink Eye Shadow Using Just Her Fingers," 16 Aug. 2019 Jacobs was the only member of this year’s draft class who did not suit up Saturday against the Rams. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Five Raiders to watch at Arizona," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of suit

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 7

Verb

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

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

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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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