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fit

verb

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1 archaic to be fitting or proper
  • we hardly know them, so for Christmas a simple card will fit

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2 to be in agreement on every point
  • now that you've explained your absence to me, my records and the office's fit

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4 to make competent (as by training, skill, or ability) for a particular office or function
  • that final computer course should fit him for a career in programming

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5 to make or have room for
  • we can fit you in the booth if the rest of us squeeze closer together

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6 to make ready in advance
  • I won't have time to fit the spare room for the guests

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fit

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of fit (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a sudden experiencing of a physical or mental disorder
  • without her medication, she'd have an epileptic fit

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2 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling
  • helpless fits of laughter from the audience

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3 an outburst or display of excited anger
  • found out what his wife had spent on clothes and threw a fit

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2 being in a state of fitness for some experience or action
  • fit for military service

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3 capable of or suitable for being used for a particular purpose
  • I don't think those bald tires are fit for winter driving

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5 having the required skills for an acceptable level of performance
  • need to hire someone whose language skills make them fit for the job

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Frequently Asked Questions About fit

How does the adjective fit differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of fit are appropriate, apt, felicitous, fitting, happy, meet, proper, and suitable. While all these words mean "right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance," fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action.

fit for battle

When can appropriate be used instead of fit?

While in some cases nearly identical to fit, appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness.

an appropriate gift

When is apt a more appropriate choice than fit?

The words apt and fit are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination.

apt quotations

In what contexts can felicitous take the place of fit?

Although the words felicitous and fit have much in common, felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful.

a felicitous phrase

Where would fitting be a reasonable alternative to fit?

The synonyms fitting and fit are sometimes interchangeable, but fitting implies harmony of mood or tone.

a fitting end

When could happy be used to replace fit?

The words happy and fit can be used in similar contexts, but happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate.

a happy choice of words

When is it sensible to use meet instead of fit?

In some situations, the words meet and fit are roughly equivalent. However, meet suggests a just proportioning.

meet payment

When might proper be a better fit than fit?

The meanings of proper and fit largely overlap; however, proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom.

proper acknowledgement

When would suitable be a good substitute for fit?

While the synonyms suitable and fit are close in meaning, suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands.

clothes suitable for camping

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The first known use of fit was before the 12th century

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“Fit.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fit. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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