see also: FIT, FiT
Pronunciation Adjective

fit (comparative fitter, superlative fittest)

  1. Suitable, proper.
    You have nothing to say about it. I'll do exactly as I see fit.
    • Bible, Job xxxiv. 18
      Is it fit to say a king, Thou art wicked?
  2. Adapted to a purpose or environment.
    survival of the fittest
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in.
  3. In good shape; physically well.
    You don't have to be a good climber for Kilimanjaro, but you do have to be fit.
  4. (British, informal, chiefly, slang) Sexually attractive; good-looking; fanciable.
    I think the girl working in the office is fit.
  5. Prepared; ready.
    • So fit to shoot, she singled forth among her foes who first her quarry's strength should feel.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: en bonne forme
  • Italian: in forma
Translations Verb

fit (fits, present participle fitting; past fitted, past participle fitted)

  1. (transitive) To be suitable for.
    It fits the purpose.
    • 1918, Richard Dennis Teall Hollister, Speech-making, publ. George Wahr, pg. 81 ↗:
      The speaker should be certain that his subject fits the occasion.
  2. (transitive) To conform to in size and shape.
    The small shirt doesn't fit me, so I'll buy the medium size.
    If I lose a few kilos, the gorgeous wedding dress might fit me.
  3. (intransitive) To be of the right size and shape
    • 2016 February 2, Kate Winslet & al., Jimmy Kimmel Live!
      Even though in a way you let him freeze to death in the water, because the way I see it...
      I agree. Y'know, I think he actually could have fitted on that bit of door.
      There was plenty of room on the raft.
      I know. I know, I know.
    I wanted to borrow my little sister's jeans, but they didn't fit.
    That plug fit into the other socket, but it won't go in this one.
  4. (transitive, with to) To make conform in size and shape.
    I want to fit the drapes to the windows.
    1. (transitive) To tailor; to change to the appropriate size.
      I had a suit fitted by the tailor.
  5. (transitive) To be in agreement with.
    These definitions fit most of the usage.
  6. (transitive) To adjust.
    The regression program fit a line to the data.
  7. (transitive) To attach, especially when requiring exact positioning or sizing.
  8. (transitive) To equip or supply.
    The chandler will fit us with provisions for a month.
  9. (transitive) To make ready.
    I'm fitting the ship for a summer sail home.
  10. (intransitive, archaic) To be seemly.
  11. To be proper or becoming.
    • 1725, Homer; [Alexander Pope], transl., “Book III”, in The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume I, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646 ↗:
      Nor fits it to prolong the heav'nly feast.
  12. (intransitive) To be in harmony.
    The paint, the fabrics, the rugs all fit.
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  • Portuguese: combinar
  • Spanish: hacer juego (idiomatic)

fit (plural fits)

  1. The degree to which something fits.
    This shirt is a bad fit.
    Since he put on weight, his jeans have been a tight fit.
  2. Conformity of elements one to another.
    It's hard to get a good fit using second-hand parts.
  3. The part of an object upon which anything fits tightly.
  4. (advertising) How well a particular commercial execution captures the character or values of a brand.
    The Wonder Bread advertising research results showed the “White Picket Fence” commercial had strong fit ratings.
  5. (statistics) Goodness of fit.
  6. (bridge) The quality of a partnership's combined holding of cards in a suit, particularly of trump.
    During the auction, it is often a partnership's goal to find an eight-card major suit fit.
  • German: Passform

fit (plural fits)

  1. (archaic) A section of a poem or ballad.
    • 1771, Samuel Johnson, "Letter to Bennet Langton, Esq. (March 20)," in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol 2:
      Dr. Percy has written a long ballad in many fits.

fit (plural fits)

  1. A seizure or convulsion.
    My grandfather died after having a fit.
  2. (medicine) A sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom over a short period of time.
  3. A sudden outburst of emotion.
    Synonyms: blowout, hissy, tantrum, spell, moment
    He had a laughing fit which lasted more than ten minutes.
    She had a fit and threw all of his clothes out through the window.
    He threw a fit when his car broke down.
  4. A sudden burst (of an activity).
    Synonyms: flurry, frenzy, paroxysm
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fit (fits, present participle fitting; past and past participle fitted)

  1. (intransitive, medicine) To suffer a fit.
    • 2016, 18 May, Three dogs die and seven more ill after drinking from the same Kent lake amid contamination fears (in The Telegraph)
      A spokesman said: "It is believed they (the dogs) got into the lake and drank from it. They came out and started fitting. Shortly after that three of them died and vets are attempting to resuscitate the other one."



  1. (countable) Initialism of feed-in tariff
  2. (uncountable, aviation, travel industry) Initialism of fully inclusive tour
  3. (uncountable, aviation, travel industry) Initialism of fully independent travel


fit (plural fits)

  1. Initialism of feed-in tariff

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