American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient: These rations will suffice until next week.
- v. To be equal to a specified task; be capable: No words will suffice to convey my grief.
- v. To satisfy the needs or requirements of; be enough for.
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.
- v. intransitive To be enough or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate.
- v. transitive To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.
- v. To furnish; to supply adequately.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete To furnish; to supply adequately.
- v. be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
- 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)
- 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)
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