fit·​ting | \ ˈfi-tiŋ How to pronounce fitting (audio) \

Definition of fitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a kind appropriate to the situation : suitable



Definition of fitting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an action or act of one that fits specifically : a trying on of clothes which are in the process of being made or altered
2 : something used in fitting up : accessory
3 : a small often standardized part an electrical fitting

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fittingly \ ˈfi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fitting (audio) \ adverb
fittingness noun

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fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous 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 suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands. clothes suitable for camping meet suggests a just proportioning. meet payment proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom. proper acknowledgement appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness. an appropriate gift fitting implies harmony of mood or tone. a fitting end apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination. apt quotations happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate. a happy choice of words felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful. a felicitous phrase

Examples of fitting in a Sentence

Adjective It was a fitting end to their rivalry. it is only fitting that you should be the one to take her back to the airport since she flew out to see you Noun I have a fitting for my wedding dress this afternoon.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But Montgomery’s action this week was especially fitting. John Archibald |, al, 7 Oct. 2021 There are few industries besides the financial services industry where AI is so fitting and beneficial. Annie Brown, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Which is probably fitting considering the way Bumgarner swung a mighty bat during his years in San Francisco. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 And the ship's name, Götheborg, was particularly fitting. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 If your glasses fog, your mask isn’t fitting properly. Kevin Williams,, 3 Aug. 2021 Which, perhaps, was all too fitting for someone still soaring up in the clouds. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2021 All of this is as fitting for post-Brexit Britain as an energy crisis, a staffing shortage, and parliamentary ghoul Michael Gove dancing alone in a Scottish disco. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 Candles modeled on everyday items — a lamp, a bunch of grapes — have an uncanny quality that seems fitting for our strange and digitally steeped times. New York Times, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This action sequence and others are handled with masterly assurance, including several scenes of intimate combat performed with form-fitting, blood-concealing energy shields. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 At home, residents are recommended to check that doors and window screens are tight fitting, and empty outdoor containers that can collect water, such as pots, tire swings, wading pools and wheelbarrows. Rebecca Lurye,, 22 Sep. 2021 The store had Kate's back (again, along with the backs of plenty of other parents/even adults who are just struggling sometimes to care for themselves, let alone tinier humans) and let the young royals borrow socks for the fitting. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 23 Aug. 2021 After Tucker made the comment about longing to wear a wedding dress, Strozier booked an appointment at David’s Bridal in Hoover, Ala., for a gown fitting. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 Customers also rave that the nozzle is well-built and comes with a gasket (and an extra one) for precise fitting. Isabel Garcia, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2021 Meanwhile, a partner was headed to a customer’s home for a fitting rather than make the client fight traffic to get to the store. Terry Spencer And Freida Frisaro,, 7 July 2021 The free event is a chance for riders learn more about adaptive cycling, sign up for a bike fitting and take a test ride. oregonlive, 22 June 2021 Talk to kids about the types of masks that are most effective (multiple ply, close fitting, sides tucked in) and how to wear them properly. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fitting


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fitting was in the 15th century

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13 Oct 2021

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“Fitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a kind that is appropriate for the situation or purpose



English Language Learners Definition of fitting (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of putting on clothes to see if they fit properly
: a small part
: something (such as a refrigerator or a bookcase) that is in a house or building but can be removed if the house or building is sold


fit·​ting | \ ˈfi-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of fitting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: appropriate entry 1, suitable a fitting memorial

Other Words from fitting

fittingly adverb



Kids Definition of fitting (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small part that goes with something larger a pipe fitting

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