- ( UK ) IPA: /suːt/, /sjuːt/, X-SAMPA: /su:t/, /sju:t/
- ( US ) IPA: /sut/, /sjut/, X-SAMPA: /sut/, /sjut/
- Rhymes: -uːt
- 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 .
- ( by extension ) A single garment that covers the whole body: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit
- ( pejorative, slang ) A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor .
- A full set of armour .
- ( law ) 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 .
- ( obsolete ): The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase .
- Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship .
- The full set of sails required for a ship .
- ( 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 .
- ( obsolete ) Regular order; succession .
- ( obsolete ) The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal .
- ( archaic ) A company of attendants or followers; a retinue .
- ( archaic ) A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite ( of rooms etc. )
- To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit .
- ( said of clothes, hairstlye or other fashion item ) To be suitable or apt for one's image .
- To be appropriate or apt for .
- ( most commonly used in the passive form ) To dress; to clothe .
- To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his place; to fit one's taste .
- ( intransitive ): To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; — usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with .
- to agree: agree, match, answer
From Anglo-Norman siute, from Old French sieute ( modern suite ), originally a participle adjective from vulgar Latin *sequita ( for Classical Latin secuta ), from Latin sequi ( “to follow” ), because the component garments "follow each other", i.e. are worn together .
Explanation of suit by Wordnet Dictionary
accord or comport with
- This time suits me
- Suit ( sūt ), n. [OE. suite, F. suite, OF. suite, sieute, fr. suivre to follow, OF. sivre; perhaps influenced by L. secta. See Sue to follow, and cf. Sect, Suite.]
1. The act of following or pursuing, as game; pursuit. [Obs.]
2. The act of suing; the process by which one endeavors to gain an end or an object; an attempt to attain a certain result; pursuit; endeavor.
Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone. Spenser.
3. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in marriage; courtship.
Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,
Till this funereal web my labors end. Pope.
4. ( Law ) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; an action or process for the recovery of a right or claim; legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of right before any tribunal; as, “a civil suit; a criminal suit; a suit in chancery.”
I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino. Shak.
In England the several suits, or remedial instruments of justice, are distinguished into three kinds -- actions personal, real, and mixed. Blackstone.
5. That which follows as a retinue; a company of attendants or followers; the assembly of persons who attend upon a prince, magistrate, or other person of distinction; -- often written suite, and pronounced swēt.
6. Things that follow in a series or succession; the individual objects, collectively considered, which constitute a series, as of rooms, buildings, compositions, etc.; -- often written suite, and pronounced swēt.
7. A number of things used together, and generally necessary to be united in order to answer their purpose; a number of things ordinarily classed or used together; a set; as, “a suit of curtains; a suit of armor; a suit of clothes; a three-piece business suit.” “Two rogues in buckram suits.” Shak.
8. ( Playing Cards ) One of the four sets of cards which constitute a pack; -- each set consisting of thirteen cards bearing a particular emblem, as hearts, spades, clubs, or diamonds; also, the members of each such suit held by a player in certain games, such as bridge; as, “hearts were her long suit”.
To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort
Her mingled suits and sequences. Cowper.
9. Regular order; succession. [Obs.]
Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again. Bacon.
10. Hence: ( derived from def 7 ) Someone who dresses in a business suit, as contrasted with more informal attire; specifically, a person, such as business executive, or government official, who is apt to view a situation formalistically, bureaucratically, or according to formal procedural criteria; -- used derogatively for one who is inflexible, esp. when a more humanistic or imaginative approach would be appropriate.
Out of suits, having no correspondence. [Obs.] Shak. -- Suit and service ( Feudal Law ), the duty of feudatories to attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of peace, and in war to follow them and do military service; -- called also suit service. Blackstone. -- Suit broker, one who made a trade of obtaining the suits of petitioners at court. [Obs.] -- Suit court ( O. Eng. Law ), the court in which tenants owe attendance to their lord. -- Suit covenant ( O. Eng. Law ), a covenant to sue at a certain court. -- Suit custom ( Law ), a service which is owed from time immemorial. -- Suit service. ( Feudal Law ) See Suit and service, above. -- To bring suit. ( Law ) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the plaintiff's demand. [Obs.] In modern usage, to institute an action. -- To follow suit. ( Card Playing ) See under Follow, v. t. To mimic the action of another person; to perform an action similar to what has preceded; as, “when she walked in, John left the room and his wife followed
suit”. -- long suit ( Card Playing ) the suit8 of which a player has the largest number of cards in his hand; as, “his long suit was clubs, but his partner insisted on making hearts trumps.”. Hence: [fig.] that quality or capability which is a person's best asset; as, “we could see from the mess in his room that neatness was not his long suit”. -- strong suit same as long suit, “I think our strong suit is that we can score from both the perimeter and the post.” Bill Disbrow ( basketball coach ) 1998. “Rigid ideological consistency has never been a strong suit of the Whole Earth Catalogue.” Bruce Sterling ( The Hacker Crackdown, 1994 )
- Suit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suited; p. pr. & vb. n. Suiting.]
1. To fit; to adapt; to make proper or suitable; as, “to suit the action to the word”. Shak.
2. To be fitted to; to accord with; to become; to befit.
Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well. Dryden.
Raise her notes to that sublime degree
Which suits song of piety and thee. Prior.
3. To dress; to clothe. [Obs.]
So went he suited to his watery tomb. Shak.
4. To please; to make content; as, “he is well suited with his place; to suit one's taste”.
- Suit, v. i. To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; -- usually followed by with or to.
The place itself was suiting to his care. Dryden.
Give me not an office
That suits with me so ill. Addison.
Syn. -- To agree; accord; comport; tally; correspond; match; answer.
Definition of suit by GCIDE Dictionary