Definition of suit in English:

suit

noun

  • 1A set of outer clothes made of the same fabric and designed to be worn together, typically consisting of a jacket and trousers or a jacket and skirt.

    • ‘That is how sportswear manufacturers describe their latest suits designed to help Olympic competitors fight the summer heat in Athens.’
    • ‘Ideally, you should avoid wearing fully lined suits and jackets on hot summer days.’
    • ‘Choose jackets, tailored suits and shirtwaist dresses with straight, classic cuts.’
    • ‘Cerruti has veered away from innocuous and terribly predictable suits; away from trousers, jacket, belt and shoes in perfect harmony.’
    • ‘City smart looks include neat fit suits, pencil skirts, mini skirts, sleek trousers and fine knitwear.’
    • ‘The trench coat is a great jacket for workdays, to wear over suits or even sport jackets.’
    • ‘The firm makes fabrics for men's suits and women's tailored garments.’
    • ‘For that distinct, chic western look, the outlet has a complete range of suits and jackets made of imported fabric from Italy and Japan.’
    • ‘The man in the pinstriped suit and bowler hat is tapping his silver-topped cane on the breakfast table to emphasise each key point of his masterplan for the future well-being of the nation.’
    • ‘He probably also designs those fantastically expensive suits and clothes as well, doodling them down on the backs of team sheets during langours in play.’
    • ‘My question is, what is the proper shirt-and-tie combo to wear with a pinstriped suit?’
    • ‘Her skirt suits were versatile enough for the office and other social occasions.’
    • ‘His dress sense too is said to be impeccable, but conservative: wearing well-cut classic suits, and plain shirts.’
    • ‘Sporty looks were attractive, too, in cafe au lait and dark brown leather shorts outfits with turned-up sleeves on the blouses, or skirt suits.’
    • ‘In an effort to boost pride in York, it was agreed cabbies should wear smart suits, tailored trousers and black dress shoes in winter.’
    • ‘In cities, men wear lightweight suits or shirts and trousers that suit Venezuela's climate.’
    • ‘But then, many in those days wore three-piece suits and the vest effectively hid the bottom of the tie.’
    • ‘I tried on new tops, pants, jeans, suits, and jackets and made my selection.’
    • ‘Two men rose from among the audience, one young, in a khaki suit with short trousers, the other older, with a white shirt.’
    • ‘He has a great selection of fabrics, and can design suits in the standard English and American styles, as well as adjust for current trends and your taste.’
    outfit, set of clothes, costume, ensemble
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    1. 1.1 A set of clothes to be worn on a particular occasion or for a particular activity.
      ‘a jogging suit’
      • ‘Diving history is illustrated through several odd contraptions, from early submersion suits like the one pictured to modern, state-of-the art technology.’
      • ‘All of it looked familiar - except the shiny, glow-in-the-dark running suits designed by Emilio Sosa.’
      • ‘He had a spotty complexion and wore a striped T-shirt and blue Reebok track suit.’
      • ‘Don't use a powerlifting suit or shirt; special clothing will make you depend more on momentum than on muscle.’
      • ‘If you are still clinging to polyester ski pants and an old knit, long sleeved, bike jersey as your race suit, consider Lycra.’
      • ‘Here two of the more junior sailors donned their dive suits and swam 500m out to the team's rigid inflatable boat, which was moored off the beach each night.’
      • ‘Even Russian men, whose clothing choice was once limited to polyester business suits or polyester jogging suits, have become fussy dressers.’
      • ‘But staff refused to let him back even though he was dressed smartly in his club suit after helping his team beat Mansfield 4-1 on penalties.’
      • ‘Being cold is no fun, so pack the right diving suit and be damned, but remember that your head is the area of greatest heat loss.’
      • ‘They watched these two men, and as soon as the bird flew from the nest they began to crawl forward in their gilly suits.’
      • ‘He explained that the chemical suits would also be employed in the event of a chemical spill or other incident involving hazardous materials.’
      • ‘Today, he clings to memories and a photograph of his dad donning his green flight suit.’
      • ‘Firefighters again donned protective suits and collected the powder for forensic examination.’
      • ‘He attempted to enter the ship by the funnel but nearly went up in a puff of smoke due to the non fire retardant Santa suit.’
      • ‘The wearing of the jogging suit by the non-jogging public, I contend, is the heralding of the downfall of American society.’
      • ‘He was the man in the fire-red jogging suit and the wild processed hair inspired by James Brown.’
      • ‘Sailors dash around in fearnought firefighting suits.’
      • ‘Dangerous contaminants at the crash site required the team members to wear full rubber protective suits for their safety.’
      • ‘A two-man recompression chamber was provided, as was a protective suit which would be worn by a sailor called to inspect and destroy unexploded ordnance.’
      • ‘Shane gets in to the swing of things by donning a convincing cowboy suit during his performance.’
      outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble, clothing, dress, attire, garments, garb, turnout, rig, uniform, livery, array, regalia, robes, finery
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    2. 1.2 A complete set of pieces of armor for covering the whole body.
      • ‘One of the first things Rosemary does before opening her farm shop in the village of Camembert is don a suit of armour - one forged in her imagination.’
      • ‘She was raised in a castle, where Augustus John once famously found her father reading The Times in a suit of armour.’
      • ‘For some reason this sight brings to mind a snooker ball balanced on a suit of armour.’
      • ‘Clad in a suit of white armor and flying her own standard she liberated France from the English at the battle of Orleans.’
      • ‘It's made from very elaborate moulds out of very thin latex, and once everything is on it's kind of like a suit of armour.’
      • ‘If you, like Colthirst, find yourself donning a suit of armor at work, then your workplace has become a battlefield.’
      • ‘At the Seattle Art Museum he is presenting six sculptures, including a suit of armor made from hundreds of dog tags.’
      • ‘‘I went to him to buy a suit of armour and ended up persuading him to take part as well,’ said John.’
      • ‘Research in the Metropolitan Museum of Art turned up a screw of the 1480s attaching parts of a suit of armor.’
      • ‘Just what Anakin's decision is, why he makes it and how it leads him to don a suit of black armour have been the stuff of Star Wars legend.’
      • ‘One of the waza chefs turns his pots and pans into a suit of armour and marches on the newly constructed religious site, with humour his only weapon.’
      • ‘It was like one of those Monty Python sketches where a man in a suit of armour walks in and slaps everyone with a rubber chicken.’
      • ‘The shell of a mollusc isn't a suit of armour like that worn by crustaceans such as the crab.’
      • ‘It's a constant battle with the management - you need a suit of armour, not overalls, to come to work.’
      • ‘This protects the body of the animal like a suit of armour.’
      • ‘The Grand Vestibule is hung with suits of armour and displays of old weaponry.’
      • ‘She dragged him down the hall and they hid behind a suit of armor.’
      • ‘He emerged a moment later carrying the unassembled pieces of a suit of armor a golden bronze in color.’
      • ‘Businesses are expected to adorn their premises with the flag of St George, while the figure of England's patron saint, clad in a suit of armour, will ride on horseback through the town.’
      • ‘‘They saw us,’ he panted as he quickly toppled a suit of armor and wedged it up against the bottom of the door.’
      • ‘Many brave knights died while trying to kill the huge beast, the legend goes - until one day, a local hero named Peter took on the worm while wearing a suit of armour covered with razor blades.’
    3. 1.3usually suitsinformal An executive in a business or organization, typically one regarded as exercising influence in an impersonal way.
      ‘maybe now the suits in Washington will listen’
      • ‘So we cobble something together, the suits smile sweetly, the auditors tick their boxes, and everyone is happy, including the bad guys.’
      • ‘The train is the commuter service from Waterloo, and as such, packed with suits escaping their city jobs for something semi-detached in Hampshire.’
      • ‘Yet striking the right balance between the artists and the suits remains remarkably hard.’
      • ‘You, on the other hand, are a nobody, a bureaucrat, a stuffed suit.’
      • ‘The issue wouldn't have entered the public domain were it not for the suits within these organisations discussing these proposals over a coffee when on SPL business.’
      • ‘The ever-present green-and white clad gaggle of fans surround the main entrance to Celtic Park, all of them gazing with intent at the procession of suits and tracksuits inside.’
      • ‘And voters identify with actors and musicians much more than with the suits who run the record and movie industries.’
      • ‘The Union's new boss has overhauled the suits in Murrayfield such that there are new heads of department occupying just about every office going, from marketing to media via finance.’
      • ‘Despite Chimpzilla's recent string of victories over Intel, the steady stream of senior suits jumping ship must give cause for concern.’
      • ‘Now we have a procession of suits and ‘yes’ men.’
      • ‘And what about the endless fulminating about how those arch-conservative suits in the music business are shutting down anti-war thought?’
      • ‘When music is free (in both senses) record companies, suits, agents, will be redundant.’
      • ‘Kahane wants nothing to do with the studio suit who has spurned him for so long, and storms out.’
      • ‘I flew through the hallway quickly, getting rid of the suits in the process.’
      • ‘I saw some London executive, up in Edinburgh for a meeting with the suits at Scottish Widows or wherever.’
      • ‘It's not all about suits, lawyers and accountants - it's about rock 'n' roll and creativity.’
      • ‘Now, armed with the SEC's decision that the accounting dodge had a material impact for investors, those suits may require a bigger payout to go away.’
      businessman, businesswoman, business person, executive, bureaucrat, administrator, manager, director
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  • 2Any of the sets distinguished by their pictorial symbols into which a deck of playing cards is divided, in conventional decks comprising spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs.

    • ‘It is generally easiest to divide a deck by suits, and then give each player all the cards of one suit.’
    • ‘The suits for this purpose are ranked Spades, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds’
    • ‘There is no ranking between the suits - so for example the king of hearts and the king of spades are equal.’
    • ‘Like cards, piecepack components are divided into suits: Suns, Moons, Arms, and Crowns.’
    • ‘Therefore the ace of diamonds is the lowest card of its suit when diamonds are not trumps.’
    • ‘If another card is led, it can be played instead of playing one of your other cards of the same suit.’
    • ‘The game also rewards your persistence by giving you a new map after beating the diamond suits.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if it was a group, you would not need to specify the suits represented by the jokers.’
    • ‘The Hanafunda deck consisted of 48 cards divided in 12 different suits, one for each month of the year.’
    • ‘If you play this variation, you can sometimes use a joker profitably to lengthen one of your suits.’
    • ‘All remaining cards from the other two suits are taken out of play.’
    • ‘The cards are divided into three suits of twelve cards each.’
    • ‘A ‘straight’ is five cards in consecutive order, any combination of suits.’
    • ‘The classic order of suits is hearts above diamonds, and spades above clubs.’
    • ‘The 56 Minor Arcana cards are divided into four suits, much like traditional playing cards.’
    • ‘Samba is a variation in which it is possible to meld cards in sequence in a suit as well as sets of equal cards.’
    • ‘To a three-card set with two jokers you could add any two of the three missing suits, releasing one of the jokers and forming a closed four-card set.’
    • ‘Tiles in a set of Chinese dominoes are divided into two suits (Civil and Military).’
    • ‘These have since been further developed to the four symbols of magical elements, to also be seen on Tarot packs as the four suits.’
    • ‘The other players must all play spades if they can, but players 2 and 3 have no spades and so are allowed to play other suits.’
  • 3

    short for lawsuit
    • ‘Of course, there is always the sanction of prosecutions or civil suits, and those must always remain the primary sanction for any breach of the criminal or civil law.’
    • ‘Now, wives routinely join their husbands' personal injury suits to assert their own claims.’
    • ‘This focuses attention on what in my view is the single important difference between judicial review and civil suit, the differing time limits.’
    • ‘Since society has a minimal concern with the outcome of such private suits, plaintiff's burden of proof is a mere preponderance of the evidence.’
    • ‘Thus the position now acknowledged is that in an appropriate case a claimant in a negligence suit may establish a prima facie case by relying on the fact of the accident.’
    • ‘Such clauses need not prevent the prosecution of meritorious suits.’
    • ‘The rule would require every malpractice suit to have a certificate of merit.’
    • ‘The Amendment only withholds federal judicial power in suits against the state by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state.’
    • ‘Lawsuits in particular class-action legal suits, can provide some redress.’
    • ‘Shareholder suits are designed to be a final, desperation remedy, not a knee-jerk reaction.’
    • ‘Plaintiffs' lawyers often turn instead to personal injury suits.’
    • ‘Comparatively few litigants bring suits, or defend them, at their own expense.’
    • ‘There is no reason to fear a flood of negligence suits against barristers.’
    • ‘The main reason is that only the better off may be able to afford to move into separate accommodation and wait for two years before reaching a property settlement in the divorce suit.’
    • ‘They are blanketing hundreds of small and large Web sites with lawsuits, threats of suits and demands for licensing payments.’
    • ‘If a plaintiff wins his suit in public nuisance, he can receive both money damages and injunctive relief.’
    • ‘However, some of the proposals on the table go far beyond establishing the procedures that govern tort suits brought in federal court.’
    • ‘Ads designed to assemble litigants for class action suits represent an explosive area of growth in legal advertising.’
    • ‘It is because such acts or omissions affect the public at large that they are punishable as offences at common law and are actionable at the suit of the Attorney-General on behalf of the public.’
    • ‘It is in the interests of public policy to discourage suits and encourage settlements.’
    legal action, lawsuit, suit at law, case, court case, action, cause, legal proceeding, legal process, proceedings, judicial proceedings, litigation, trial, legal contest, legal dispute, bringing to book, bringing of charges, indictment, prosecution
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  • 4The process of trying to win a woman's affection with a view to marriage.

    ‘he could not compete with John's charms in Marian's eyes and his suit came to nothing’
    • ‘He took the rejection of his suit to the princess hard, and has plotted revenge against those caused the rejection of his suit.’
    • ‘The knight undertakes a love suit to the daughter of Selestinus, a wise emperor in Rome, and certain strange terms are agreed upon between them as the condition of her favor.’
    courtship, wooing, courting, addresses, attentions, homage, pursuit
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    1. 4.1literary A petition or entreaty made to a person in authority.
      • ‘The ambassador for Poland is returning from Rome having made suit to the Pope for 20,000 crowns.’
      • ‘The first concerns his suit to the Queen for the return of Waltham Forest, the second his suit to the Queen for a licence to bring certain commodities into the realm, and the third a petition brought by one Thomas Gurley against Oxford's wife.’
      entreaty, supplication, plea, prayer, appeal, request, application, invocation
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  • 5A complete set of sails required for a ship or for a set of spars.

    • ‘A new vessel would always be provided with at least two suits of sails from the sail-making firm engaged by the owner.’
    • ‘So, even in this computer-age, the ultimate proving ground of a new suit of sails remains the race course, the way it should be.’

verb

  • 1with object Be convenient for or acceptable to.

    no object ‘the apartment has two bedrooms—if it suits, you can have one of them’
    ‘he lied whenever it suited him’
    • ‘Maria Callas needs no promotion, yet her distinctively fiery, passionate style was not equally suited to every role.’
    • ‘Coherent rubber compositions obtained by the method are well suited for use as play surfaces or sports surfaces.’
    • ‘While it is true that prices are formed from the subjective valuations of the economic actors, we cannot suspend the laws of supply and demand whenever it suits our goals.’
    • ‘The athletes should be able to come to these grounds and practise whenever it suits them.’
    • ‘And yet most people don't have a credit card that ideally suits their needs.’
    • ‘Architects will be looking for surfacing which suits the town square feel, and the boulevard of upswept maple trees planned for the east side of the High Street.’
    • ‘The small flat that he kept in Horsham perfectly suited her needs.’
    • ‘They play their cards in a completely random fashion, laying down and picking up whenever it suits them.’
    • ‘An income protection policy may suit his needs far better.’
    • ‘However, the obsessive-compulsive actress is not well suited to the task.’
    • ‘Choose the fabric and finish that best suits your purpose and budget.’
    • ‘The companies offering cards, on the other hand, get to adjust their medication prices whenever it suits them.’
    • ‘Its courses are available on computers connected to the internet, so workers can learn wherever and whenever it suits them and you.’
    • ‘The M74 is just half a mile from the property, which is probably a bit too close for convenience, although it may suit those commuting to Edinburgh or Glasgow - both of which are about an hour's drive away.’
    • ‘At the same time, I feel that the bowling attack of the hosts is more suited to Test matches than one-dayers.’
    • ‘But in their own ways all are equally impressive, and anyone wanting to build a cantata collection can confidently mix and match as it suits them.’
    • ‘Their personalities were ideally suited to the task at hand.’
    • ‘When it comes to mortgages, the mainstream banks have been relatively slow to adjust their acceptance criteria to suit this new environment.’
    • ‘We don't like it when politicians change their minds or try to reinterpret previous actions or statements according to what suits the current social climate.’
    • ‘Burton's characteristic gothic style is perfectly suited to this retelling of an old Russian folk tale.’
    be convenient for, be acceptable to, be suitable for, meet the requirements of, satisfy the demands of, be in line with the wishes of
    make appropriate for, make appropriate to, make fitting for, make fitting to, tailor, fashion, accommodate, adjust, adapt, modify, fit, gear, equip, design
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    1. 1.1suit oneselfoften in imperative Act entirely according to one's own wishes (often used to express the speaker's annoyance)
      ‘“I'm not going to help you.” “Suit yourself.”’
      • ‘Yet I suppose Inuit have always modified Christianity to suit themselves, a traditional cosmology with the formal overlay of religion.’
      • ‘But history will be kind to him mainly because the victors write the history and they write it to suit themselves.’
      • ‘Obey the law or take the rap - you can't pick and choose to suit yourself.’
      • ‘We don't have big healthy meals but instead the trend is for lots of baby dishes, which is billed as ‘tasting’ or ‘grazing’ menus, which allow customers to mix, pick, share and generally suit themselves.’
      • ‘I don't think so, for the Government doesn't back date anything unless it suits themselves.’
      • ‘You also have a knack for inventing new words to suit yourself.’
      • ‘Let those who want to study Shakespeare suit themselves.’
      • ‘And just those who argued over Luther, those who want to use Columba for their own arguments pick and choose the bits of the truth which most suit themselves.’
      • ‘Everybody else can suit themselves but this is my democratic choice.’
      • ‘In a word, they were doing what every elite in unaccountable institutions do, doing what suited themselves.’
      • ‘You see this desperation in the way they respond to our every little action and in the way they twist our words to suit themselves.’
      • ‘Carve the bird to suit yourself; I like to do it in the roasting tin.’
      • ‘And then of course the series gets cancelled or new designers decide they don't like the old story and change everything to suit themselves, resulting in an incomprehensible mess.’
      • ‘It appears in your letter, you are manipulating God's word to suit yourself.’
      • ‘Departments suited themselves about typefaces and headings.’
      • ‘They are private clubs and can to a large extent suit themselves.’
      • ‘Again despite all the huffing and puffing, despite Cork's famous facility for interpreting the rule-book to suit themselves, that was wrong too.’
      • ‘The module based system of learning allows learners to take courses at times to suit themselves and take time out if they need to.’
      • ‘Smaller drivers can also adjust their seats to 14 different positions to suit themselves.’
      • ‘The tribunal heard that up to 60 per cent of staff at North College had been against the merger, and it was claimed many had acted unprofessionally by being uncooperative and even altering timetables to suit themselves.’
    2. 1.2suit something toarchaic Adapt or make appropriate for (something)
      ‘they took care to suit their answers to the questions put to them’
  • 2Go well with or enhance the features, figure, or character of (someone)

    ‘the dress didn't suit her’
    • ‘The brilliant Autumn / Winter collection features colours, styles and prices to suit every woman.’
    • ‘Robert is a very animated character, so Opera suits him for sure.’
    • ‘She looked in the full length mirror that hung on the wall, and smiled; the dress suited her quite well.’
    • ‘Each voice suits the character's personality well.’
    • ‘Some guy at work yesterday said that blue really suited me.’
    • ‘Flatter your figure with a wedding dress that suits you.’
    • ‘The gown, in pure white satin, had only some small delicate decorations on the front that suited her slim figure perfectly.’
    • ‘In a recent interview, he had admitted that he had become choosy and was going in for roles that suited his personality.’
    • ‘He had on a navy blue suit that really suited him, with a plain red tie knotted round his neck.’
    • ‘Make at least one appointment with the bridal room of a big store and enjoy finding the style of dress which suits you best, with the help of expert staff.’
    • ‘The brown leather jacket and blue jeans suited him well, outlining and enhancing his figure.’
    • ‘I had purple hair for a while, but blue suits me better.’
    • ‘It takes little attention to a child's psyche and character to know what suits him or her best.’
    • ‘Get to know your own features and see what suits you as an individual.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the traditional unpredictability of the Monaco Grand Prix is a characteristic which suits the maverick team from Silverstone and offers the hope of a better result.’
    • ‘One friend told reporters yesterday the designer was delighted with how well the dress suits his client.’
    • ‘For evening, the abundance of choices here means that there is a dress style to suit every woman.’
    • ‘Never mind the idea that blue and green should never be seen: red and blue just do not suit you.’
    • ‘This year, Kirtilal Kalidas have come out with a range of ornaments styled to suit people of all ages.’
    • ‘Stay fit, dress to suit our figure, get a flattering hairstyle, and enhance nature with the right touch of makeup.’
    look attractive on, enhance the appearance of, look right on, look good on, become, flatter, show to advantage, set off, enhance, ornament, grace
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  • 3North American no object Put on clothes, especially for a particular activity.

    ‘I suited up and entered the water’
    • ‘And I think one of the things that has become very apparent is, we suited up for the war, but we didn't really suit up for the peace adequately.’
    • ‘Any work done while suited up, such as lifting equipment, makes you sweat more.’
    • ‘We suited up and trooped into this small white-tiled room.’
    • ‘We got suited up with our life jackets, helmets and sprayskirts, and then put our kayaks in the water.’
    • ‘On the Swarthmore side of the field, there were more kids suited up than there were fans in the bleachers.’
    • ‘He suited up during workouts and often invaded the clubhouse before and after games.’
    • ‘At 7,000 feet we finished suiting up and sat in their laps so we could get attached to their rigs.’
    • ‘We suited up and told the captain we were standing by to pull the helicopter out of the hangar for launch.’
    • ‘It comes with a lush terrycloth towel that attaches to Velcro on the inside of the mat, making for a soft place to stand and get suited up.’
    • ‘But when Aces did not ice a team this year, he suited up with the Mohawks.’
    • ‘Although Detroit had nothing left to play for, everyone on the team suited up and played at playoff speed.’
    • ‘After a thorough brief, we suited up and began walking up to the flight deck.’
    • ‘I confidently unloaded the bike, suited up, and swung my leg over the bike to get rolling.’
    • ‘In the billboard ad, yoga class attendees adopted meditative positions suited up in the spa's yellow gym suits.’
    • ‘When the red phone rings the crew have 90 seconds to get suited up and get the boat out on the water.’
    • ‘I've suited up like that twice a week all summer down here and have lost about 10 pounds.’
    • ‘So I got my youngest brother Sam suited up and grabbed my two cameras and shot over there.’
    • ‘I suited up, donning the most complex all-weather gear imaginable to man.’
    • ‘Neely, of course, was born in Comox and suited up for the Vancouver Canucks for three seasons starting in 1983.’
    • ‘Pellegrino begins to suit up; he'll do a drift dive, letting the current pull him along as he examines the hull.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French siwte, from a feminine past participle of a Romance verb based on Latin sequi ‘follow’. Early senses included ‘attendance at a court’ and ‘legal process’; suit (sense 1 of the noun and suit sense 2 of the noun) derive from an earlier meaning ‘set of things to be used together’. The verb sense ‘make appropriate’ dates from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation

suit

/so͞ot//sut/