from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set of matching outer garments, especially one consisting of a coat with trousers or a skirt.
- n. A costume for a special activity: a diving suit; a running suit.
- n. A group of things used together; a set or collection: a suit of sails; a suit of tools.
- n. Games Any of the four sets of 13 playing cards (clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades) in a standard deck, the members of which bear the same marks.
- n. Attendance required of a vassal at his feudal lord's court or manor.
- n. Law A court proceeding to recover a right or claim.
- n. The act or an instance of courting a woman; courtship: She was inclined to accept his suit.
- n. Slang One who wears a business suit, especially an executive.
- transitive v. To meet the requirements of; fit: This candidate does not suit our qualifications.
- transitive v. To make appropriate or suitable; adapt: builders who suit the house to the owner's specifications.
- transitive v. To be appropriate for; befit: a color that suits you.
- transitive v. To please; satisfy: a choice that suits us all.
- transitive v. To provide with clothing; dress: The NCOs suited the recruits in green uniforms.
- intransitive v. To be suitable or acceptable.
- intransitive v. To be in accord; agree or match.
- suit up To put on clothing designed for a special activity: suits up in shorts for a jog.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A single garment that covers the whole body: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit
- n. A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor.
- n. A full set of armour.
- n. 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.
- n. : The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase.
- n. Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship.
- n. The full set of sails required for a ship.
- n. 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.
- n. Regular order; succession.
- n. The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal.
- n. A company of attendants or followers; a retinue.
- n. A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite (of rooms etc.)
- v. To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit.
- v. To be suitable or apt for one's image.
- v. To be appropriate or apt for.
- v. To dress; to clothe.
- v. To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his place; to fit one's taste.
- v. : To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; — usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of following or pursuing, as game; pursuit.
- n. 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.
- n. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in marriage; courtship.
- n. 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
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. 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
- n. 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.
- n. Regular order; succession.
- n. Someone who dresses in a business suit, as contrasted with more informal attire
- transitive v. To fit; to adapt; to make proper or suitable.
- transitive v. To be fitted to; to accord with; to become; to befit.
- transitive v. To dress; to clothe.
- transitive v. To please; to make content.
- intransitive v. To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; -- usually followed by with or to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A following; the act of pursuing, as game; pursuit.
- n. Series; succession; regular order.
- n. The act of suing; a seeking for something by solicitation or petition; an address of entreaty; petition; prayer.
- n. Especially— A petition made to a person of exalted station, as a prince or prelate.
- n. Solicitation for a woman's hand in marriage; courtship; proposal of marriage.
- n. In law. A proceeding in a court of justice for the enforcement or protection of a right or claim, or for the redress of a wrong; prosecution of a right or claim before any tribunal: as, a civil suit; a criminal suit; a suit in chancery.
- n. The witnesses or followers of the plaintiff in an action at law.
- n. In feudal law, a following or attendance.
- n. A company of attendants or followers; train; retinue. Now commonly suite.
- n. A number of things composing a sequence or succession; a number of things of a like kind that follow in a series and are intended to be used together; a set or suite; specifically, one of the four sets or classes, known as spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds, into which playing-cards are divided.
- n. A number of different objects intended to be used together, especially when made of similar materials and corresponding in general character and purpose: thus, a number of different garments designed to he worn together form a suit of clothes; a number of sails of different sizes and fitting different spars form a suit of sails.
- n. Synonyms Request, Petition, etc. See prayer.
- To adapt; accommodate; fit; make suitable.
- To be fitted or adapted to; be suitable or appropriate to; befit; answer the requirements of.
- To be agreeable to; fall in with the views, wishes, or convenience of: as, a style of living to suit one's tastes.
- To dress, as with a suit of clothes; clothe.
- Synonyms To comport with, tally with, correspond to, match, meet.
- To please, gratify, content.
- To correspond; agree; accord: generally followed by with or to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)
- n. a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
- n. a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color
- v. be agreeable or acceptable to
- v. enhance the appearance of
- v. accord or comport with
- n. playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each set has its own symbol and color
- n. (slang) a businessman dressed in a business suit
- n. a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
- v. be agreeable or acceptable
Middle English sute, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *sequita, act of following, feminine of *sequitus, past participle of *sequere, to follow, from Latin sequī; see suitor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)