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Meaning of suit by Wiktionary Dictionary

suit


    Etymology

    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 .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /suːt/, /sjuːt/, X-SAMPA: /su:t/, /sju:t/
    • ( US ) IPA: /sut/, /sjut/, X-SAMPA: /sut/, /sjut/
    • Rhymes: -uːt

    Noun

    A man in a three-piece suit with a bowler hat, glasses and an umbrella.

    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 ) 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. ( 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 .
      If you take my advice, you'll file suit against him immediately .
    6. ( obsolete ): The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase .
    7. Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship .
      Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend, Till this funereal web my labors end. —Alexander Pope .
    8. The full set of sails required for a ship .
    9. ( 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. — William Cowper .
    10. ( obsolete ) Regular order; succession .
      Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again. — Francis Bacon .
    11. ( obsolete ) The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal .
      Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone. — Edmund Spenser .
    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. )

    See also

    Verb

    suit ( third-person singular simple present suits present participle suiting, simple past and past participle suited )

    1. To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit .
      Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action. — Shakespeare
    2. ( said of clothes, hairstlye or other fashion item ) 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. To be appropriate or apt for .
      Her nickname "Bullet" suits her as she is a fast runner .
      Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well. — John Dryden .
      Raise her notes to that sublime degree Which suits song of piety and thee. — Matthew Prior .
    4. ( most commonly used in the passive form ) To dress; to clothe .
      So went he suited to his watery tomb. —Shakespeare .
    5. To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his place; to fit one's taste .
      My new job suits me, as I work less hours and don't have to commute so much .
    6. ( intransitive ): To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; — usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with .
      The place itself was suiting to his care. — John Dryden .
      Give me not an office That suits with me so ill. — Joseph Addison .

    Synonyms

    • to agree: agree, match, answer

    Derived terms



Explanation of suit by Wordnet Dictionary

suit


    Verb
    1. accord or comport with

    2. This kind of behavior does not suit a young woman!
    3. be agreeable or acceptable to

    4. This suits my needs
    5. enhance the appearance of

    6. This behavior doesn't suit you!
    7. be agreeable or acceptable

    8. This time suits me
    Noun
    1. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

    2. the family brought suit against the landlord
    3. a set of garments ( usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt ) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color

    4. they buried him in his best suit
    5. playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack

    6. a flush is five cards in the same suit
      in bridge you must follow suit
      what suit is trumps?
    7. a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank

    8. a man's courting of a woman

    9. a businessman dressed in a business suit

    10. all the suits care about is the bottom line


    Definition of suit by GCIDE Dictionary

    suit


    1. 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 )

    2. 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”.

    3. 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.