Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient: These rations will suffice until next week.
  • intransitive v. To be equal to a specified task; be capable: No words will suffice to convey my grief.
  • transitive v. To satisfy the needs or requirements of; be enough for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be enough or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate.
  • v. To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.
  • v. To furnish; to supply adequately.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be enough, or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate.
  • transitive v. To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.
  • transitive v. To furnish; to supply adequately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be sufficient for.
  • To satisfy; content; be equal to the wants or demands of.
  • To afford in sufficient amount; supply adequately.
  • To be enough or sufficient; be equal to the end proposed; be adequate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

Etymologies

Middle English suffisen, from Old French suffire, suffis-, from Latin sufficere : sub-, sub- + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English suffisen, from Middle French souffire, from Latin sufficiō ("supply, be adequate"), from sub ("under") + faciō ("do, make"). Cognate with French suffire. (Wiktionary)

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