Main definitions of fit in English

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adjective

  • 1predicative Of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose.

    ‘the house was not fit for human habitation’
    with infinitive ‘is the water clean and fit to drink?’
    • ‘Regulations requiring that the houses be deemed fit for habitation have been waived so that they can move in.’
    • ‘The Roadmen's cottages have been used for no more than rough storage for some years and would require considerable work before they were fit for habitation.’
    • ‘I contacted a wine merchant in London and told him I wanted to buy some that would be fit for drinking in ten years time.’
    • ‘But up to 150 council workers based at the Fashion Corner council tax office were waiting to find out whether the building was fit for work.’
    • ‘Meat which is not fit for consumption in the EU is now heading for South Africa.’
    • ‘But brains from younger animals will still be considered fit for human consumption.’
    • ‘The van was fit for the purpose for which it was purchased.’
    • ‘Perhaps the trauma of that August day, when he was forced to spend so many hours in an outfit not fit for any particular athletic activity was just too much for him.’
    • ‘Vic representatives visited the Southern Cross shortly after Easter and found the first and second floors fit for habitation.’
    • ‘Look at some of the buildings, run down and no longer fit for purpose.’
    • ‘However as long as the ship had lifeboats on board it was fit to travel.’
    • ‘The Association executive have had talks with the club, who indicated that they will do their utmost to ensure the playing surface is fit for cricket to be played.’
    • ‘He says that the property is not fit for human habitation and is in serious disrepair.’
    • ‘Under the Sale of Goods Act retailers must sell goods that are of a satisfactory quality, are accurately described on the packaging and are fit for their purpose.’
    • ‘The chancellor's upbeat pre-budget report hammered home the message that the economy will be fit to meet challenges from Asia and China.’
    • ‘They spent at least another £7,000 making the launch watertight and fit for habitation.’
    • ‘Mr. Saunders apparently thinks that the boat, as delivered, was fit for the purpose for which it was intended.’
    • ‘Nothing can enter these kitchens that isn't deemed fit for human consumption.’
    • ‘First, the food and drink had to be certified fit for human consumption.’
    • ‘He pronounced them fit for consumption, upon which we all fell to them hungrily.’
    suitable, good enough
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    1. 1.1 Having the requisite qualities or skills to undertake something competently.
      with infinitive ‘the party was fit to govern’
      • ‘And after 10 weeks in hospital, numerous complications and surgery, he was fit enough to return home.’
      • ‘And those who would seek to give us that kind of politics are very happy to indulge the patronising fantasies of those who think it is all we are fit for.’
      • ‘He was quite useless here and the only thing he was fit for was to run things like Hampton Court entertainment… They will make rings round him.’
      • ‘If we can persuade a few more to stay on rather then retire if they are fit and able to do the job, then that is a good thing.’
      • ‘William Hague hopes to use this week's Conservative conference to prove he is fit for government.’
      • ‘New aspects require policies to ensure that rail personnel are fit for duty and, in particular, that they are not impaired by drugs or alcohol.’
      • ‘Even if he didn't betray his secret, he would never be deemed fit to return to work.’
      • ‘Normally I do not drink at lunchtime because all I am fit for is a siesta; evening is a different matter < g >.’
      • ‘Now, does Professor Collins believe that a professor at his university is fit for his job if the professor lies in his research?’
      • ‘If he is deemed by the court to not be fit and proper to operate the pub then we would look at reopening with a new tenant.’
      • ‘That must go as far as not working excessive hours and being fit for the job they are doing at the time.’
      • ‘But does taking a certificate guarantee that someone will be fit for purpose?’
      • ‘A Member who no longer thinks his party is fit to govern should in conscience resign from that party, and the party should be able to expel him if he doesn't.’
      • ‘Between now and the next general election we have to persuade millions of people up and down the country that this Conservative party is fit for government.’
      • ‘Doctors will be regularly asked to demonstrate their competence, so that they are fit to practise throughout their lives.’
      • ‘He got in his van and drove, was clearly not in a fit state, and accepted now he made the wrong decision.’
      • ‘Luckily, the doctor in charge kept on giving her a chit that she was fit and able to work although she was not.’
      • ‘In attempting to limit the damage by lying about his own words, he has merely raised the most serious question of all: whether or not he is fit for public office.’
      • ‘Neither of these men is stupid enough to believe that churches are fit to govern a secular society, unlike many of their junior colleagues.’
      • ‘It's right to question, as the Royal Gazette does today, whether such gross negligence means the Government is fit to govern.’
      competent, able, capable
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    2. 1.2 Suitable and correct according to accepted social standards.
      ‘a fit subject on which to correspond’
      • ‘How could any Court of Review determine whether leave ought to be given or not without hearing and determining upon the hearing whether it was a fit case for an appeal?’
      • ‘While the results demonstrated an abundance of creativity in the audience, not all of the sculptures would be fit for public display!’
      • ‘The concept of the early modern period also enabled an exploration of topics and subjects not previously thought fit for consideration in relation to the Renaissance.’
      • ‘It is not for the Speaker to judge whether it is fit and proper for a Minister to have access to official information.’
      • ‘What objective criteria decide what is fit to print?’
      • ‘But religion is a private matter, and thus not a fit subject for an inaugural address.’
      • ‘Many former stars say it is not a fit subject for the soap.’
      suitable, good enough
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    3. 1.3informal with infinitive Having reached such an extreme condition as to be on the point of doing the thing specified.
      ‘he baited even his close companions until they were fit to kill him’
      • ‘We were both fit to explode but managed to share a peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake.’
      • ‘He is so excited about his aspiration that his bubble is fit to burst.’
      • ‘Allen's eyeballs looked fit to pop out of his head on several occasions as he exhorted his players.’
      • ‘The water hurt his nose and stung his lungs and he felt fit to burst.’
      • ‘Rhyann looked fit to kill, but it was nothing compared to Gavin's anger when Alex had first fallen under.’
      ready, prepared, on the point of, set, all set, in a fit state, primed, disposed, likely, about
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    4. 1.4informal Ready.
      ‘well, are you fit?’
      • ‘Are you fit then to return to the lecture?’
      • ‘Now just put on these boots and you're fit to go!’
  • 2In good health, especially because of regular physical exercise.

    ‘my family keep fit by walking and cycling’
    figurative ‘the measures would ensure a leaner, fitter company’
    • ‘Football isn't just about committing yourself to training and being fit.’
    • ‘You have to be fit to play competitively, and all younger players are competitive.’
    • ‘Being always on the move, they are a very fit and strong people.’
    • ‘He appreciates how fortunate he is to be fit and able to meet such a challenge.’
    • ‘Volunteers will need to be fit and will be able to make their own way to Tatton Park.’
    • ‘The ecologically sound version of working out involves joining in with conservation work to get fit and help the environment at the same time.’
    • ‘Would you like to become fit without the pounding and perspiration of an aerobic class or a gym?’
    • ‘The 13-mile run may still be three months away but participants are being urged to get in training now to ensure they are fit for the event.’
    • ‘A Rossendale councillor has taken on a mammoth training regime to get fit for the ultimate challenge - a trek to Everest Base Camp.’
    • ‘But we can at least keep ourselves physically fit and healthy, capable of working tirelessly for ourselves and others.’
    • ‘For me being physically fit is beneficial as it helps with my mental capacities when I'm driving.’
    • ‘Whisper it, but some players on the circuit are even less fit than your average county cricketer.’
    • ‘He is prone to being overweight, to having a dodgy knee, to not being able to stay fit for a full season.’
    • ‘A healthy body is one that is strong, flexible and aerobically fit.’
    • ‘We think that we will get very fit by the years end.’
    • ‘The only way to get fit is to make exercise a regularly scheduled part of every week, even every day.’
    • ‘Being as fit and healthy as possible maximises the chances of a healthy pregnancy.’
    • ‘Dancing is great fun and a great way to keep fit during the winter months.’
    • ‘People who are physically fit are happier, healthier and more productive than those who are not.’
    • ‘Research has shown that most of us regularly over-estimate how fit we are and how much real physical activity we do.’
    healthy, well, in good health
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    1. 2.1British informal Sexually attractive; good-looking.
      ‘who's this fit babe?’
      • ‘Go and chat up her fit friend!’
      • ‘Who is that guy? Oh he's so fit!’
      • ‘Some really fit guy wearing a gorgeous top came wandering down the stairs.’
      • ‘I have got a girlfriend from college but I have recently been introduced to a really fit girl through a friend of mine.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Be of the right shape and size for.

    ‘those jeans still fit me’
    no object ‘the shoes fitted better after being stretched’
    • ‘Although many fire guards can be adjusted to fit a range of widths, check that the guard you buy is suitable for your style of fire and make sure that it is firmly secured.’
    • ‘A visible callus that forms on the feet is known as a corn and usually results from shoes that do not fit properly.’
    • ‘Lydia wore her favorite blue dress, one from Maude's trunk, which Joscelyn had graciously altered to fit her.’
    • ‘Another approach is to take a shirt that fits you perfectly and determine the distance between the middle of its collar button to the far end of the buttonhole.’
    • ‘The trousers were a little long in the leg but other than that the clothes fit fine.’
    • ‘We have a large range of picture frames of all shapes and sizes to fit any photo, from a back yard snapshot to a professional portrait or even a personal artwork.’
    • ‘Forget about size when choosing clothes and choose something that fits well regardless of size and that's comfortable on you.’
    • ‘I find that a lot of professional clothing with a tailored look doesn't fit me well.’
    • ‘My jeans from Italy, for example, have no hope of fitting me any more.’
    • ‘It was also clear to me as the viewer that the equipment she was using was not sized to fit her.’
    • ‘I looked around and grabbed a pair of trousers that actually fit me and a purple shirt, and also some undergarments.’
    • ‘Try shoes on both feet and buy the size that best fits the larger foot.’
    • ‘You can look amazingly sexy in beautiful plus size dresses that actually fit you and flatter your figure.’
    • ‘The crisp polo shirt and slacks fit him perfectly, setting off his muscular arms and blue eyes.’
    • ‘Don't get yourself depressed searching for items of clothing that will fit you perfectly off the rack.’
    • ‘And just where did he think I was going to get something to fit a child that size?’
    • ‘None of my size 10 clothes fitted me anymore, I was upset and became depressed just because my clothes size had gone up one level.’
    • ‘To preclude gloves from wrapping around the bar, you have to choose the size that fits you well - not too tight, loose, small or long - just the right size.’
    • ‘She looks sleek in a beige, almost flesh-tone, summer dress and a slightly darker cardigan that fits her like a sealskin.’
    • ‘The three-point adjustable strap adjusts to fit all heads and helmets.’
    be the correct size, be the right size, be the correct size for, be the right size for, be big enough, be small enough, be big enough for, be small enough for, be the right shape, be the right shape for
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    1. 1.1usually be fitted for Try clothing on (someone) in order to make or alter it to the correct size.
      ‘she was about to be fitted for her costume’
      • ‘One of the most embarrassing moments in Deirdre's life was when she had to be fitted for protective clothing at work and they had to use two tape measures end to end to go round her.’
      • ‘The preparations for the engagement event consisted mostly of Marigold and her mother being fitted for gowns at the Earl's expense.’
      • ‘Once I was fitted for my suit they told me it would be done by next week so I'd have enough time to qualify for the race.’
      • ‘When you are fitted for your tuxedo a small deposit is usually required.’
      • ‘The only scars from that 20-minute procedure are four barely visible dots around his head where he was fitted for a protective metal halo.’
      • ‘Others may have looked at it and decided it was time he was fitted for one of those jackets with the long sleeves that tie round the back.’
    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial of place Be of the right size, shape, or number to occupy a particular place.
      ‘Fiona says we can all fit in her car’
      • ‘Actually, most of the girls in the drama club fit into this category.’
      • ‘Most of the eight Democratic candidates fit snugly into two categories.’
      • ‘Drain the water and set the spears on a plate, and cut them to size so they can fit on top of the muffins without drooping over the sides too much.’
      • ‘Science doesn't usually fit neatly into categories of all good or all bad.’
      • ‘Originally a pasty, it developed its characteristic shape to fit better into huntsmen's saddlebags.’
      • ‘These planes are normally characterized by their diminutive size so as to fit comfortably in their user's small hands.’
      • ‘Amazingly, the hermit crab's body is asymmetrically twisted so that it fits snugly into the shape of the shell.’
      • ‘Unlike other computers, PDAs are lightweight - designed to fit comfortably in a jacket pocket.’
      • ‘Picking the strategy that best fits into your schedule will help you maintain optimum weed management.’
      • ‘Cut the slices of bread to a size that will fit inside your soup bowls, and toast them until dark brown on both sides.’
      • ‘Spar have come up with ingenious pocket Eco Bag which is a small, wallet size bag that fits neatly into a pocket or handbag so you're always armed and ready to shop.’
      • ‘The slightly ovoid shape fits nicely in your hand.’
      • ‘The first prototype is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.’
      • ‘The radio body fits nicely in a jersey pocket.’
      • ‘The shape of the carton fits more conveniently into home freezers.’
  • 2Install or fix (something) into place.

    ‘they fitted smoke alarms to their home’
    • ‘These could serve as additional bedrooms and there is plumbing in place to fit a shower room in one of them.’
    • ‘After a medical centre in West Bowling was targeted by vandals, fences were fitted out of the centre's own funds.’
    • ‘Police have fitted new locks on the windows and doors since the break-in.’
    • ‘Mr Sanderson said one of the most successful schemes helped the victims of burglary being targeted a second time by swiftly fitting new locks on doors and windows.’
    • ‘A council spokesman said today there was no council policy of fitting child locks on windows in York, although it did fit locks on replacement windows as a crime prevention measure.’
    • ‘Work began on Monday to fit a disabled lift, due to be installed in May but delayed because the Italian manufacturer wasn't able to supply it until recently.’
    • ‘Selby fire station has previously held car-seat open days, showing people how to properly fit child seats in cars.’
    • ‘Power assisted steering, fitted as standard, makes manoeuvring the vehicle effortless.’
    • ‘Inspectors will look at whether the correct equipment is being used, work platforms are properly installed and scaffolding is securely fitted.’
    • ‘With his help, she has transformed the one-bed house in Crawley, West Sussex, fitting a new bathroom, installing storage, laying flooring and doing plenty of rewiring.’
    • ‘So fitting sensors in the rear rooms of the house and in the hallway is often considered sufficient for the ground floor.’
    • ‘The team can fit grab-rails on staircases and in doorways, fix defective carpets or floor coverings, remove trailing wires and generally reduce trip hazards.’
    • ‘If not, why didn't you call a local Sky Installation Engineer to fit your dish?’
    • ‘A restraining net is fitted as standard, as is a decent luggage cover.’
    • ‘The announcement comes just a week after rail bosses responsible for redeveloping the railway station got round to fitting new clocks on the platforms, more than 18 months after the station revamp was completed.’
    • ‘So he came round, and we positioned it and fitted the great drive-belt.’
    • ‘Adam, our installer, was fitting some other stuff and left to go on to another job whilst I changed 16 of the handles.’
    • ‘They pronounced the pipework ‘impeccably installed’, and recommended we fit an independent water supply.’
    • ‘One Sunday our neighbour says could I please ask our landlord to fit draft excluders on our front door.’
    • ‘Police are warning homeowners to fit strong locks on sheds and garages, cover windows with old curtains, install an expensive but noisy alarm and ensure that the household insurance policy covers the value of shed contents.’
    lay, put in place, put in position, position, place, fix, insert
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    1. 2.1often be fitted with Provide (something) with a particular component or article.
      ‘most tools can be fitted with a new handle’
      • ‘The massive bike was fitted with a stereo and a foghorn to attract the maximum amount of attention.’
      • ‘Make sure you lock windows and doors, which should be fitted with security deadlocks’
      • ‘Her cot is fitted with a sleep monitor that sounds an alarm if her breathing stops.’
      • ‘The cars are all left hand drive and had not yet been fitted with tracking devices.’
      • ‘The kitchen has been fitted with new equipment and furniture will be replaced throughout the pub.’
      • ‘The coach was fitted with lap belts but parents are concerned they are inadequate to protect children.’
      • ‘She claims it was sheer luck that the blaze was caught in time, because her kitchen was not fitted with a smoke alarm.’
      • ‘The traffic car was fitted with child locks in the rear to prevent people escaping.’
      • ‘It is understood the vehicle used by the gang was also fitted with false number plates.’
      • ‘Typically, a motorcycle may be fitted with a horn that would usually go on a jeep or a truck.’
      • ‘She called for all new properties to be fitted with meters so people were aware how much water they were using.’
      • ‘Each table is fitted with a grill for you to cook the deliciously marinated meat.’
      • ‘It is hoped the park will be fitted with floodlights and CCTV cameras for extra security.’
      • ‘Their front door was fitted with a Yale lock, two bolts and a security chain.’
      • ‘The bag is fitted with a special alarm programmed to go off if someone reaches inside.’
      • ‘Fire chiefs yesterday said that lives could have been saved if the house had been fitted with a smoke alarm.’
      • ‘The café has been fitted with a new kitchen and outside seating with parasols.’
      • ‘The car was fitted with a roll cage and sports seats and drivers had to wear crash helmets and be strapped in.’
      • ‘The room is fitted with special low lighting and window blinds to allow fragile works to be displayed.’
      • ‘The airship will be fitted with cameras and infra-red equipment for night vision.’
      equip, provide, supply, fit out, rig out, furnish, outfit, endow
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    2. 2.2 Join or cause to join together to form a whole.
      no object ‘their bodies fitted together perfectly’
      with object ‘many physicists tried to fit together the various pieces of the puzzle’
      • ‘Seven remain, which can be fitted together with only small gaps.’
      • ‘Instead, when you crack open this thing, all you get are busted pieces that don't fit together and don't work.’
      • ‘When these were fitted together, they were hammered to make the joint watertight.’
      • ‘The little pieces fit together, each part representing something small but vital.’
      • ‘It just brings everything into balance and all the pieces fit together.’
      • ‘Once inside you can see how the upper and lower receivers have been carefully fitted together by hand.’
      • ‘What they didn't know is when or if the pieces would fit together.’
      • ‘Understanding how the three pieces fit together and what to do about them is a big part of choosing the right project and getting it done.’
      • ‘As the pieces start to fit together the characters' dilemmas begin to take on a different shape.’
      • ‘Finding which pieces fit together in order make the complete picture is one of the more difficult tasks.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that a certain consistency of outlook is present throughout, but the pieces do not always fit together well.’
      • ‘Currently sheet metal barriers were being fitted together behind the factory.’
      • ‘Extra fuel tanks may need to be fitted together with spare jerricans.’
      • ‘The limestone is produced in special moulds and can be fitted together like a jigsaw to form any configuration.’
      • ‘Drawing a plan forces you to think through your project from beginning to end, what you are going to need and how your are going to get the pieces to fit together.’
      • ‘You know what the picture's going to look like at the end, but you want to see how all the pieces will fit together.’
      • ‘The seven pieces will never fit together to make any sense.’
      • ‘It was a place where two separate pieces of metal fitted together, like the barrel of a lock.’
      • ‘These are fitted together and built up as you need them, providing a versatile solution to changing needs.’
      • ‘He wished to cut them into as few pieces as possible so that they could be fitted together, without waste, to form a perfectly square table-top.’
      join, connect, put together, piece together, attach, unite, link, splice, fuse, weld
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  • 3Be compatible or in agreement with; match.

    ‘the landlord had not seen anyone fitting that description’
    • ‘After a while, a newcomer walks in who perfectly fits the description of the spy her husband gave to her.’
    • ‘The Edmonton author, publisher, and former social worker has fit that description for at least 25 years.’
    • ‘Fast, simple and delicious, these dishes can be adjusted to fit your schedule, grocery list and occasion.’
    • ‘Canada's judges have moved boldly into the public policy arena, shaping laws to fit their own peculiar biases and ideologies.’
    • ‘So if you fit any of these descriptions and are interested in auditioning, the producers would love to see you.’
    • ‘I'd seen her once or twice at school, and she fitted the description Travis gave me of her perfectly.’
    • ‘I certainly don't fit any of the ideals presented in the media.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It happened in the city centre and the man fits the same physical description.’’
    • ‘It was clear that none of the six men who claimed to be at the warehouse could possibly fit the police officer's description.’
    • ‘The descriptions the woman gave fitted those of the two girls Tessa had seen before.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later there were a number of sightings close to the Brittons' home of a man fitting Mark Hobson's description.’
    • ‘We can and should form opinions about guilt or innocence in the same as we form other opinions, by choosing the position that best fits the available evidence.’
    • ‘Take a volunteer position that fits your interest, and may even enhance your career goals.’
    • ‘In some respects the description had fitted Naylor, while in others it did not.’
    • ‘She has adjusted her services to fit the customer's budget.’
    • ‘I haven't met anyone who fits the commonly held definition of sane.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, no candidate perfectly fits this description.’
    • ‘I learned that the job description was written to fit the individual whom the department wanted to hire.’
    • ‘Dewey observed that this model does not fit what we know about children.’
    • ‘However modern scholars claim that Newton sometimes adjusted his calculations to fit his theories.’
    1. 3.1 Be suitable or appropriate for.
      ‘the punishment should fit the crime’
      • ‘That means criminalizing behavior such as the spreading of viruses and setting up a punishment that fits the resulting economic damage.’
      • ‘The sound effects are used suitably and fit perfectly in the game.’
      • ‘Are separate vacations in our future, or is there a destination that can fit us both?’
      • ‘Plus, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your specific needs.’
      • ‘The great vocal melody is still there, and the arrangement on the album fits the theme of the song.’
      • ‘They can adjust their temperature to fit their surroundings.’
      • ‘But it must be for independent judges, not party political ministers, to decide what particular punishment fits what particular crime.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, regulations, society and employers' attitudes have not been adjusted to fit the new situation.’
      • ‘My dad suggested getting a one-level house and adjusting it to fit her needs, but she flat-out refused.’
      • ‘To some no punishment fits such a crime, and these people honestly believe the murderers deserve no sympathy at all.’
      be appropriate to, suit, correspond to
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    2. 3.2 (of an attribute, qualification, or skill) make (someone) suitable to fulfil a particular role or undertake a particular task.
      ‘an MSc fits the student for a professional career’
      • ‘His passion for lists, dates and details fits him well for this task.’
      • ‘I was playing the part of Polonius - a part my mature years obviously fitted me for.’
      • ‘His freshness, his directness and his capacity for making connections with people both in person and on the television screen certainly fitted him for the task.’
      • ‘He regarded his own intellectual gifts and cast of mind as properly fitting him for the task.’
      • ‘One biographer assumes that he was a boy of somewhat ordinary talents that would fit him only for the mercantile trade.’
      • ‘Dr Cherry's specialisation and experience fitted him ideally for involvement in the development of the project.’
      qualify, prepare, make ready, make suitable, prime, condition, train, coach, groom, tailor
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noun

  • 1The particular way in which something, especially a garment or component, fits.

    ‘the dress was a perfect fit’
    • ‘Again, I strongly encourage choosing pants with a drawstring or an elastic waistband for an easy fit.’
    • ‘Not every shirt or jeans will have a perfect fit for everybody.’
    • ‘The harness is adjusted on the shoulder and waist straps for a perfect fit.’
    • ‘The pants feature a full elastic waistband and cuffs for a comfortable fit.’
    • ‘A belt that doesn't have holes is even easier, as it's fully adjustable for a perfect fit.’
    • ‘We look at clothing as an investment, so we consider the quality of a garment as well as the fit.’
    • ‘If you find a pair of black pants or a skirt that are the perfect fit, consider buying more than one pair.’
    • ‘Both the skirt and shirt were a perfect fit.’
    • ‘Despite the general lack of fit, the best fitting model seems to be the one-factor model.’
    • ‘The pants have a roomy cargo pocket on the right leg and unhemmed cuffs so woman hunters can achieve the perfect fit.’
    • ‘I got up and borrowed a pair of Jon's jeans which were the perfect fit.’
    • ‘The firm has developed mathematical algorithms to simulate fabric drape and garment fit.’
    • ‘It means a lot to me; I didn't exchange it for the correct fit because I wanted the original one.’
    • ‘Is your saddle a correct fit and not put too far up the back.’
    • ‘All new windows offer a tight fit between components to limit the rate of infiltration.’
    • ‘Sometimes, you can help the fit of your garments by sewing these darts a little differently.’
    • ‘The dress was fabulous, a perfect fit, slim fitting with two thin shoulder straps and a more loose, flowing bottom part that ended just above the knee.’
    • ‘However, the shoulder seam plays a key role in the fit of garments that cover the upper body.’
    • ‘Perfect fit is accomplished when garments just skim the body, without pulling or sagging.’
    • ‘You might want to get your shirts altered at waist level to give them a slimmer fit.’
    1. 1.1 The particular way in which things match.
      ‘a close fit between teachers' qualifications and their teaching responsibilities’
      • ‘The band may be sore because there's a close fit between their own fan base and the kind of campus kids who have got into illegal downloading big time.’
      • ‘There's a very good fit between the ideals of our two organisations.’
      • ‘A great deal of the power and impact of the preached Word comes from the fit between the preacher and the words being preached.’
      • ‘It is also a way to gain knowledge of what is a good fit or match for your personality type.’
      • ‘The nurse must carefully examine the fit between the diagnosis and the client for whom it is intended.’
      • ‘Marketing is a dynamic process of ensuring a close fit between the capabilities of an organization and the demands placed upon it by its external environment.’
      correlation, correspondence, agreement, consistency, equivalence, match, similarity, resemblance, comparability, compatibility, affinity, concurrence
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    2. 1.2Statistics The correspondence between observed data and the values expected by theory.
      • ‘A thermal history involving two discrete episodes of heating and cooling clearly provides the best fit to the measured data.’
      • ‘The results indicate a good overall fit of the model.’
      • ‘A smaller ratio score signifies good fit, and values near 2.0 are considered acceptable.’
      • ‘The greatest deviation from a good fit between the component figures occurs near the proximal end.’
      • ‘Accurate measurements of these parameters could lead to a better fit of the theory to experiment.’

Phrases

  • fit for purpose

    • (of an institution, facility, etc.) well equipped or well suited for its designated role or purpose.

      • ‘A high quality attractive, "fit for purpose" estate does not come cheap.’
      • ‘A policy of armed neutrality with an emphasis on quality kit, fit for purpose.’
      • ‘Everyone except the government seems to have acknowledged that the assessment system is no longer fit for purpose.’
      • ‘Five years in Iraq demonstrated that the vehicle was not fit for purpose.’
      • ‘Quality is inextricably linked with being fit for purpose.’
      • ‘Product specification/quality not fit for purpose or meet regulatory standards.’
      • ‘Validation means making sure the information the customer sends you is fit for purpose.’
      • ‘The only approximation of the classification which could have been created would not have been fit for purpose.’
      • ‘Murray is, at the moment, not fit for purpose.’
      • ‘What is currently on offer is simply not fit for purpose, in terms of funding or scale.’
  • fit for a king (or queen)

    • Of very high quality.

      ‘your bedroom is fit for a king’
      • ‘New windows, a brighter floral display, and an external paint job have left the place fit for a queen.’
      • ‘The city hall is taking steps to make an arts and cultural centre fit for a queen.’
      • ‘You love luxury and sensual comforts such as silky satin sheets, robes fit for a king or queen and beautiful surroundings.’
      • ‘We grill up a feast fit for a king.’
      • ‘One can quickly whip up a meal fit for a king or queen.’
  • fit to be tied

    • informal Very angry.

      ‘Daddy was fit to be tied when I separated from Hugh’
      • ‘I listen to her set out her latest jargon-laden agenda for interfering in the lives and habits of British families, and after a few paragraphs I am afraid I am fit to be tied.’
      • ‘We know that his family was fit to be tied with him during that time, and for good reason.’
      • ‘They clucked and fussed and were fit to be tied at the wanton waste they witnessed.’
      • ‘When she learns from the doctor that she's not sick after all but sound as a dollar, she's fit to be tied.’
      • ‘Those wee ones love the man and are fit to be tied when it's time for him to leave.’
      livid, furious, angry, infuriated, irate, fuming, raging, seething, incensed, enraged, angered, beside oneself, wrathful, ireful, maddened, cross, annoyed, irritated, exasperated, indignant
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  • fit to bust

    • informal With great energy.

      ‘they laughed fit to bust’
      • ‘The flower beds are brimming with rhododendrons, the birds are singing fit to bust.’
      • ‘I looked on in disbelief and her mother walked in and started screaming fit to bust.’
      • ‘Now, late in the evening, it's blowing fit to bust outside.’
      • ‘An hour later I woke from a vivid dream with my heart pounding away fit to bust.’
      • ‘Everywhere you go there's someone coughing fit to bust and looking miserable, or cross, or plain old-fashioned resigned to their fate.’
      • ‘I get a face full of sherbet, in my eyes and up my nose and I'm coughing fit to bust.’
      • ‘The brother she mentioned is laughing fit to bust.’
      • ‘It might be that they have snow blizzards up in Scotland just now but down here we've got grass growing, buds budding, and, to my great delight, huge swathes of snowdrops, flowering fit to bust.’
      • ‘Already, his kitchen was full of brightly clad, bright-faced students talking fit to bust, helping themselves to coffee, and to stuff out of the pantry.’
      • ‘Algernon laughed sufficiently for the two of them, wheezing and hee-hee-heeing fit to bust, having to support himself on Simpson's shoulder.’
  • see (or think) fit

    • Consider it correct or acceptable to do something.

      ‘why did the company see fit to give you the job?’
      • ‘Feel free to choose more or less as you see fit, but please explain why you picked them.’
      • ‘Once it was confirmed that there was no further asbestos the site would be vested in the community, which could decide to use or dispose of it as they thought fit.’
      • ‘I am sure the learned trial judge felt she did her best to consider the arguments and rule as she saw fit, according to law.’
      • ‘I am pretty shocked that you thought fit to send this email out today.’
      • ‘You may add or subtract from my suggested text as you see fit, but please keep it polite.’
      • ‘I have not had any academic training in film-making and planned the shots the way I thought fit.’
      • ‘I told the news editor he could break all the rules and do as he thought fit on the front page.’
      • ‘Over the next six months, consider all your career options and make changes as you see fit.’
      • ‘The prime minister is free to do as he pleases when he sees fit.’
      • ‘He needs to raise some money, so if you see fit, please make a donation.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • fit in

    • 1Be socially compatible with other members of a group.

      ‘he feels he should become tough to fit in with his friends’
      • ‘They may have poor social skills, have problems fitting in and probably cannot meet the expectations of their family or school.’
      • ‘What if he realized how little she fitted in with those he loved?’
      • ‘I never fitted in with the Catholic community of my home.’
      • ‘I never fitted in with the cool kids, and trying to do so was making me unhappy as a teenager.’
      • ‘She was confident of fitting in socially but, during her first term, the workload caused a few concerns.’
      • ‘Does your teen have trouble fitting in at school?’
      • ‘Early on, his drinking was linked to loneliness and an inability to fit in socially with his fellow players.’
      • ‘On an endless search for what is needed to fit in and be socially acceptable, all sense of self is lost.’
      • ‘Other issues included feelings of social isolation, with students saying they had difficulties fitting in because of a culture clash between university and their home life.’
      conform, be in harmony, belong, blend in
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      1. 1.1Be in harmony with other elements in a situation.
        ‘her project fitted in with the organization's general aims’
        • ‘This fits in perfectly with the general social and economic policy of the SPD-Green government.’
        • ‘He said the deals were ‘a good package’ and fitted in with their strategy of expanding on both sides of the Atlantic.’
        • ‘The drive to increase access to universities fits in with New Labour pronouncements on social inclusion and the ilk.’
        • ‘This fitted in with the free trade approach of the time.’
        • ‘Throughout the meal we were treated to a varied array of music which fitted in with the friendly atmosphere of the pub.’
        • ‘People were satisfied and extremely elated with the overall results, as they fitted in with the concept of a truly national party, even on face value.’
        • ‘‘We picked up the project because it was a good idea and because it fitted in with our health agenda,’ said a spokesman.’
        • ‘Needless to say, the service was attentive, without being overbearing, and fitted in with the relaxed, classy atmosphere.’
        • ‘Helen Kidman, chairman of Ilkley Civic Society, said the guide was meant to inspire finer architecture that fitted in with the surrounding area.’
        • ‘It was none the less an amusing portrayal, which fitted in with the high spirits of the evening if not into the household.’
      2. 1.2Constitute part of a situation or larger structure.
        ‘I don't think I fit into his plans for next season’
        • ‘He has not been hampered by timidity or uncertainty, fitting into the side with calm assurance and revealing the extent of his ability.’
        • ‘He has been in tremendous form and is a fantastic talent who fits into Saints' future plans.’
        • ‘How do you see those alliances fitting into your long-term business plan?’
        • ‘What I hope is that the coaching staff and my team-mates think that I'm steadily getting better as a player and fitting into the team.’
        • ‘Where do you see broadband and videostreaming fitting into your plans?’
        • ‘We don't have any children of our own yet but I don't see how any child of ours would fit into such a situation.’
        • ‘It certainly fits into my plans to really look at mammals to understand birds better.’
        • ‘Where did you see yourself fitting into all that?’
        • ‘They are training very hard and have acquired a number of new players this year that are fitting into the team very well.’
        • ‘She just wasn't fitting into his plan at all tonight.’
  • fit someone/something in (or into)

    • 1Find room or have sufficient space for someone or something.

      ‘can you fit any more water into the jug?’
      • ‘He disappeared without payment when he had completed the extraordinary task of fitting a spiral staircase into a space deemed impossibly small.’
      • ‘I have been focusing on fitting my things into the very limited space this apartment affords.’
      • ‘There was not enough room to fit people in and no access for the disabled.’
      • ‘If your club/organisation is missing out on valuable publicity for vital fundraising events, we will always find space each week to fit you in.’
      • ‘There is enough room to fit the power cable in there, but I think a bit more space would make it easier for people with large hands to connect and disconnect the cable.’
      • ‘He only just fit his belongings into the room, cramming his clothes and most of his toys into the roll-out drawers and using the shelves for his books and stand-alone objects.’
      • ‘Do you think that some people don't realise that there is a trade off, that okay if you don't want to have high-rise, you're going to have to take up more space to fit people in?’
      • ‘The space inside seems too small to fit the elaborate furniture in the room.’
      • ‘And it could be the answer to the prayers of weekend shoppers who frequently struggle to fit their vehicles into precious spaces.’
      • ‘I have, however, seen that people with slightly larger cars have experienced difficulty trying to fit their cars into the spaces.’
      1. 1.1Succeed in finding time in a busy schedule to see someone or do something.
        ‘I could fit you in at 3.45 this afternoon’
        • ‘I fitted my degree into a busy fire service life - it was a case of interrupted study for six years.’
        • ‘Mr Simpson said on both occasions that he was unable to fit the openings into his busy calendar of events.’
        • ‘This enabled her to decide when she worked and to fit it in around her busy schedule, which included picking up the kids from school.’
        • ‘Added to the business of choosing a topic, I must also consider where I will fit the actual writing into my schedule.’
        • ‘We've been looking to play this venue for ages, because it is such a good reputation, but either we were busy or they were busy and couldn't fit us in.’
        • ‘How do you fit your workouts into such a busy schedule?’
        • ‘I tried to eat well and exercised when I could fit it into my busy life.’
        • ‘Just follow our 10 steps for fitting a new activity into an already busy lifestyle, and you'll be sure to achieve success.’
        • ‘Johnny raised his eyebrows and shrugged, ‘I suppose I could fit you into my extremely busy schedule.’’
        • ‘The organisers were hoping the champion runner would fit the event into her busy schedule.’
  • fit someone/something out (or up)

    • Provide someone or something with the necessary equipment, clothes, or other items for a particular situation.

      ‘the cabin had been fitted out to a high standard’
      • ‘The next four weeks will be very busy fitting it out with furniture and equipment and making it clinically clean.’
      • ‘These houses are fitted up in first-rate style, with gas and water laid on.’
      • ‘The Learning and Skills Council spent £40,000 on refurbishing space at the station, fitting it out with six new computers with Internet access, printers, a digital camera and scanner.’
      • ‘On leaving the school the boys were fitted out with clothes and given a bible and a Book Of Common Prayer.’
      • ‘The bathrooms are fitted out in granite, oak and glass.’
      • ‘The interior of both buildings are fitted out with the highest of standards of modern fittings.’
      • ‘He said doctors on duty will have a taxi available to them at all times to drive them to patients and the car will be fitted out with high quality medical equipment, like a mini-ambulance.’
      • ‘The properties can be fitted out at a cost of €15,000.’
      • ‘And the opportunity is not restricted to the able-bodied - the vessel is fitted out to accommodate people of all types of physical ability and disability.’
      • ‘The cells are fitted out with televisions, sanitary and tea making facilities.’
      equip, provide, supply, furnish, kit out, rig out, outfit, accoutre, array, stock
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  • fit someone up

    • Incriminate someone by falsifying evidence against them.

      • ‘He added: ‘After 27 years of being a thorn in the side of the police they fitted him up for something serious to put him away for a long time.’’
      • ‘Thus does the movie have its cake and eat it: the drama and glamour of real mob violence, plus the sentimental suggestion that our Charlie was fitted up.’
      • ‘He admitted in early 1997 he was a prime suspect for the murder and conducted a series of interviews denying the charge and claiming police were out to fit him up.’
      • ‘That was a really pathetic job of fitting someone up.’
      • ‘He told the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs he had been fitted up with the help of covert recordings for falsely accusing police officers of corruption.’
      • ‘The confessor's claims that Stuart had been fitted up shook the parochial world of late 1950s Australia, a country just waking up to the notion of civil rights.’
      • ‘Your basic complaint is that they fitted you up for something you did not do.’
      • ‘We need people who have the skills to smell out somebody who comes along to try to fit us up.’
      falsely incriminate, entrap, fabricate charges against, fabricate evidence against
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Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

fit

/fɪt/

Main definitions of fit in English

: fit1fit2fit3

fit2

noun

  • 1A sudden attack of convulsions and/or loss of consciousness, typical of epilepsy and some other medical conditions.

    ‘the child had frequent fits’
    • ‘Concerned about the number of fits Slater was having, her doctor decided to operate to disconnect the right and left hemispheres of her brain.’
    • ‘The problems began after the woman was admitted to a medical ward in a local hospital suffering from fits and nightmares.’
    • ‘During this state one keeps on getting epileptic fits without regaining consciousness in between.’
    • ‘If the child has a history of epilepsy, it can be difficult to tell the difference between febrile convulsions and epileptic fits.’
    • ‘His frequent fits result in painful injuries, and medication has failed to control the traumatic episodes.’
    • ‘Kirstie has had epilepsy since she was 18 and until recently suffered daily epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Julie Ann now suffers from daily fits and seizures.’
    • ‘He collapsed and died suddenly after not suffering an epileptic fit for several years.’
    • ‘If the child has fits, they may be prescribed anticonvulsant drugs.’
    • ‘Her ordeal began in November when she started having fits and convulsions despite no previous history of health problems.’
    • ‘Always phone for an ambulance if a fit lasts longer than five minutes.’
    • ‘One prisoner suffered an epileptic fit, and all the others shouted for help.’
    • ‘Alexandra has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from frequent epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Her sister, Lucy, suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is often treated in York Hospital for fits and chest infections.’
    • ‘She cannot work as she now suffers frequent, violent epileptic fits.’
    • ‘His master and friends all said he was a clever, well-behaved boy, and had never been known to have fits, or walk in his sleep.’
    • ‘At his parents' Flamborough home, his condition worsened, and he suffered several prolonged epileptic fits.’
    • ‘Febrile convulsions are fits that sometimes happen in a child with a high temperature.’
    • ‘Othello, told by Iago that Cassio has admitted sleeping with Desdemona, falls into a fit.’
    • ‘It is believed he suffered a fit as he was watching a football match.’
    convulsion, spasm, paroxysm, seizure, attack
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  • 2A sudden short period of uncontrollable coughing, laughter, etc.

    • ‘One of the kids standing behind him broke out into an uncontrollable fit of giggles.’
    • ‘I'm sure you all have experienced those sudden fits of laughter that make you cry and make your sides hurt and you want to stop but you can't?’
    • ‘Victor whacked her hard on the back and Antonia burst into a fit of coughs.’
    • ‘She seemed to dissolve into hysterical fits of laughter when she looked at me.’
    • ‘The match flew by as the fans went through fits of shouting, singing, tension and passion.’
    • ‘He muffled his sudden fit of laughter, coughing rather violently to disguise it.’
    • ‘She kept erupting into fits of maniacal chuckles at some secret joke.’
    • ‘Her eyes danced with amusement and then she burst into a fit of giggles.’
    • ‘Francesca tried to cover her giggles by throwing a coughing fit.’
    • ‘Next she would burst into a fit of sobbing, wailing on and on about how good she had been to him.’
    • ‘One rehearsal we were supposed to look lovingly into each other's eyes but kept bursting into uncontrollable fits of laughter.’
    • ‘And as he watched her in confusion, Shelley's chuckle turned into an uncontrollable, hysterical fit of laughter.’
    • ‘In fits of laughter, he told them I was his son.’
    • ‘We where in the middle of singing when I had a coughing fit.’
    • ‘Michelle burst into a fit of giggles, rolling back onto her tiny bunk.’
    • ‘They burst into a fit of giggles once again and collapsed onto the floor, each pulling their piece of the supposed French ensemble off and placing it on the floor between them.’
    • ‘The first day, she had burst into a fit of coughs after opening her mouth only having to have a fly swarm into her mouth.’
    • ‘She whispered this last part to me and we both had a fit of giggles.’
    • ‘Promptly she was seized by a sneezing fit again.’
    • ‘He also has a name that reduces grown men to uncontrollable laughing fits at the slightest mention.’
    outbreak, outburst, burst, attack, bout, spell, eruption, explosion, flare-up, blow-up
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    1. 2.1 A sudden burst of intense emotion.
      ‘he had killed her in a fit of jealous rage’
      • ‘He lives off the earnings of his wife, Eva, succumbs to fits of paranoia and anger, engages in a desultory affair, hates the physical decay around him and is haunted by the prospect of death.’
      • ‘He was suddenly seized by a fit of panic.’
      • ‘Hearing such music does not usually send you into a fit of rage immediately.’
      • ‘To leave now would suggest that he'd gone in a fit of pique.’
      • ‘He was frantically jealous, beat her, begged forgiveness in fits of remorse which became as repellent as his rage, and demanded she abort the pregnancy that came along in the second month of the hasty match.’
      • ‘If at all he became angry, he would keep quiet rather than burst out in a fit of temper.’
      • ‘Reane, in a fit of pure rage, slashed him across the back.’
      • ‘He is prone to fits of jealousy when he sees Primrose in the company of another male.’
      • ‘Yes, authors and creators can suffer fits of pique that can hurt the markets for secondary works.’
      • ‘Another time, while Elie is working at the electrical warehouse, he goes on one of his fits of rage and beats the boy.’
      • ‘In a fit of fury Calvert who was known to be a violent and irrational person burst into Smedleys home and hurled a heavy stone ornament at him.’
      • ‘He acknowledges these fits of anger, such as the one that caused him to slay his wife with an ax, but he nevertheless shows some remorse for what he has done.’
      • ‘Alex is extremely intelligent with a propensity for fits of anger and uncontrollable rage.’
      • ‘Lisa suffers from fits of sudden rage and unbearable fatigue.’
      • ‘The model is already facing claims from three former assistants who say she allegedly assaulted them in fits of rage.’
      • ‘He even had his own wife murdered in a fit of jealousy.’
      • ‘Her mother's fits of anger and the threats and beatings dealt to the girl resolve themselves in a grudging acceptance of the financial favours handed out by the lover.’
      tantrum, fit of temper, outburst of anger, outburst of rage, frenzy, fury
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verb

[no object]
  • Have an epileptic fit.

    ‘he started fitting uncontrollably’
    • ‘He had had no medication and so he was fitting four to five times a day.’
    • ‘She fitted twice more on the way up, the second time slipping dangerously out of the chair at the top of some steps.’
    • ‘He has been fitting every day for the last six days.’

Phrases

  • give someone a fit

    • informal Greatly shock or anger someone.

      • ‘Emma has another tooth that came through Saturday night, but it gave her a fit!’
      • ‘Should I go see Mr. Mercader tonight and give Brexton a fit, or go home?’
      • ‘Bugs, and anything that crawled, used to give her a fit.’
      • ‘My liking of jam and cheese sandwiches always gave my mum a fit.’
  • have (or throw) a fit

    • informal Be very shocked or angry.

      • ‘My mother would have a fit if she knew I spent a lot of time at Deane's.’
      • ‘His mother had a fit, so they married again on New Year's Day 1937, this time with the family present.’
      • ‘I was in a line of folks standing behind a woman at the bookstore who was throwing a fit because the clerk could not find the copy of The Great Gatsby she'd called to reserve.’
      • ‘If people don't want to listen to what he wants to listen to, he throws a fit.’
      • ‘Better get a move on so mother doesn't throw a fit when I get back.’
      • ‘You know my mother will throw a fit if she sees me like this.’
      • ‘This hardly seems like the kind of thing to be throwing a fit about.’
      • ‘They were used to him throwing a fit when he was in bad mood.’
      • ‘Mother will be having a fit if she knows I'm sitting out in the cold air - for even though it seems warm she'll fuss.’
      • ‘The rental company is sent away by the filming crew and my friend's husband throws a fit.’
  • in fits (of laughter)

    • informal Highly amused.

      ‘he had us all in fits’
      • ‘Both the staging and acting are universally superb and we were in fits of laughter throughout.’
      • ‘Once we were out of harm's way, we all ended up breaking down in fits of uncontrollable laughter - partly to relieve the tension of the near-miss situation, but mostly because of the absurdity of what had just happened.’
      • ‘There was a time when circus was a popular form of entertainment - with acrobats and bold ring-masters to whose crack of the whip wild animals played awesome tricks and the clowns left packed audiences in fits.’
      • ‘Eventually, after half an hour rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter, I managed to regain my composure.’
      • ‘At one point, she had the audience in fits.’
      • ‘His quick wit and confident delivery had the audience in fits of laughter.’
      • ‘We collapsed in fits, the tutor had overheard and was almost wetting herself, and the 5 others were demanding to know what we'd said.’
      • ‘For starters, I was in fits of laughter at the sight of him, and his swearing and shouting just made me worse.’
      • ‘The rest of us collapsed in fits of laughter at poor old Dave.’
      • ‘Peter had one of the locals in fits of laughter when he was doing a line dance.’
  • in (or by) fits and starts

    • With irregular bursts of activity.

      ‘the economy was recovering in fits and starts’
      • ‘Progress has come in fits and starts and is still fragile.’
      • ‘The poetry is moving forward in fits and starts.’
      • ‘Like my wife's slimming programme, this year's harvest is going in fits and starts, punctuated by incredibly hot days of activity and frustrating rest periods.’
      • ‘The Roman occupation of Britain advanced in fits and starts with the occasional disaster - the bloody revolt of Queen Boadicea in 61 AD is the best known example.’
      • ‘I've started adding mine, but it'll be done in fits and starts…’
      • ‘It was built in 1961, and it's been renovated in fits and starts, so it's sort of an architectural Frankenstein.’
      • ‘However, like in any sport, those who play well throughout the whole contest - not just in fits and starts - more often than not end up victorious.’
      • ‘All too often, science progresses in fits and starts, re-examining data, reinterpreting evidence - a path that can be hard to accept in medicine, when answers are needed now.’
      • ‘The improvement came slowly, sporadically, in fits and starts.’
      • ‘We played in fits and starts and never really clicked and opened up, but we're happy with the points.’
      spasmodically, intermittently, sporadically, erratically, irregularly, interruptedly, fitfully, haphazardly, on and off, off and on, now and then, now and again
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Origin

Old English fitt ‘conflict’, in Middle English ‘position of danger or excitement’, also ‘short period’; the sense ‘sudden attack of illness’ dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation

fit

/fɪt/

Main definitions of fit in English

: fit1fit2fit3

fit3

(also fytte)

noun

archaic
  • A section of a poem.

    • ‘When the knight is introduced in a later fytte of the poem, he is called Sir Richard-at-the-Lee.’
    • ‘The balance of this first fytte consists mostly of lengthy dialogue detailing the knight's impoverishment.’
    • ‘Percy has written a long ballad in many fits: it is pretty enough.’

Origin

Old English fitt, perhaps the same word as fit, or related to German Fitze ‘skein of yarn’, in the obsolete sense ‘thread with which weavers mark off a day's work’.

Pronunciation

fit

/fɪt/