see also: Suit
Pronunciation Noun

suit (plural suits)

  1. A set of clothes to be worn together, now especially a man's matching jacket and trousers (also business suit or lounge suit), or a similar outfit for a woman.
    Nick hired a navy-blue suit for the wedding.
  2. (by extension) A single garment that covers the whole body: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit.
  3. (pejorative, slang, metonym) A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor.
    Be sure to keep your nose to the grindstone today; the suits are making a "surprise" visit to this department.
  4. A full set of armour.
  5. (legal) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; a process instituted in a court of law for the recovery of a right or claim; a lawsuit.
    If you take my advice, you'll file a suit against him immediately.
  6. (obsolete) The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase.
  7. Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship.
    • 1725, Alexander Pope, Odyssey (original by Homer)
      Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,
      Till this funereal web my labors end.
  8. (obsolete) The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal.
    • Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone.
  9. The full set of sails required for a ship.
  10. (card games) Each of the sets of a pack of cards distinguished by color and/or specific emblems, such as the spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs of traditional Anglo, Hispanic and French playing cards.
    • To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort Her mingled suits and sequences.
  11. (obsolete) Regular order; succession.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Vicissitude of Things
    Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again.
  12. (archaic) A company of attendants or followers; a retinue.
  13. (archaic) A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite (of rooms etc.)
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suit (suits, present participle suiting; past and past participle suited)

  1. (transitive) To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, 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 III, scene ii]:
      Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
  2. (said of clothes, hairstyle or other fashion item, transitive) To be suitable or apt for one's image.
    The ripped jeans didn't suit her elegant image.
    That new top suits you. Where did you buy it?
  3. (transitive)To be appropriate or apt for.
    The nickname "Bullet" suits her, since she is a fast runner.
    Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.
    • Raise her notes to that sublime degree / Which suits song of piety and thee.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0029 ↗:
      “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  4. (most commonly used in the passive form, intransitive) To dress; to clothe.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, 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 V, scene i]:
      So went he suited to his watery tomb.
  5. To please; to make content; to fit one's taste.
    He is well suited with his place.
    My new job suits me, as I work fewer hours and don't have to commute so much.
  6. (intransitive) To agree; to be fitted; to correspond (usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with)
    • The place itself was suiting to his care.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 3, scene 1]:
      Give me not an office / That suits with me so ill.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: passen
  • Russian: подходи́ть
  • French: convenir
  • Italian: andare a genio
  • Russian: подходи́ть
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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