suffice

  • 1 Suffice — Suf*fice , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sufficed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sufficing}.] [OE. suffisen, OF. soufire, F. suffire (cf. suffisant, p. pr.), L. sufficere to put under, to substitute, to avail for, to suffice; sub under + facere to make. See {Fact}.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 suffice — early 14c., from stem of O.Fr. souffire be sufficient, from L. sufficere supply, suffice, from sub up to (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Phrase suffice it to say (late 14c.) is a rare surviving… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 suffice — ► VERB 1) be enough or adequate. 2) meet the needs of. ● suffice (it) to say Cf. ↑suffice to say ORIGIN Latin sufficere put under, meet the need of …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 Suffice — Suf*fice , v. t. 1. To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter. Deut. iii. 26. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish; to supply adequately. [Obs.] [1913 …

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  • 5 suffice — [sə fīs′, səfīz′] vi. sufficed, sufficing [ME sufficen < stem of OFr soufire < L sufficere, to provide, suffice < sub ,SUB + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to be enough; be sufficient or adequate 2. Obs. to be competent or able vt …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 suffice — index avail (bring about), bear (tolerate), fulfill, satisfy (fulfill) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 suffice — [v] be adequate, enough answer, avail, be good enough, be sufficient, be the ticket*, content, do, do the trick*, fill the bill*, get by, go over big*, hack it*, hit the spot*, make a hit*, make the grade*, meet, meet requirement, satisfy, serve …

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  • 8 suffice — suf|fice [səˈfaıs] v [I not in progressive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: suffire, from Latin sufficere to put under, suffice , from sub ( SUB ) + facere to make, do ] 1.) formal to be enough ▪ A light lunch will suffice . suffice for …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 suffice — UK [səˈfaɪs] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms suffice : present tense I/you/we/they suffice he/she/it suffices present participle sufficing past tense sufficed past participle sufficed formal to be enough I m not sending a gift – I think a… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 suffice — v. 1) (D; intr.) to suffice for (my salary suffices for our basic needs) 2) (E) it should suffice to cite her previous accomplishments; my salary suffices to meet our basic needs 3) (misc.) suffice it to say that we will do our duty * * * [sə… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 suffice — [[t]səfa͟ɪs[/t]] suffices, sufficing, sufficed 1) VERB: no cont If you say that something will suffice, you mean it will be enough to achieve a purpose or to fulfil a need. [FORMAL] A cover letter should never exceed one page; often a far shorter …

    English dictionary

  • 12 suffice — verb (not in progressive) 1 (I) formal to be enough: A light lunch will suffice. | suffice to do sth: Two examples should suffice to illustrate my point. 2 suffice (it) to say (that) used to say that the statement that follows is enough to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 suffice — suf|fice [ sə faıs ] verb intransitive FORMAL to be enough: I m not sending a gift I think a card will suffice. suffice to do something: Two examples should suffice to prove this point. suffice (it) to say (that) SPOKEN FORMAL used for saying… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 suffice — verb (sufficed; sufficing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French suffis , stem of suffire, from Latin sufficere to provide, be adequate, from sub + facere to make, do more at do Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to meet or satisfy a… …

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  • 15 suffice — v. 1 intr. (often foll. by for, or to + infin.) be enough or adequate (that will suffice for our purpose; suffices to prove it). 2 tr. meet the needs of; satisfy (six sufficed him). Phrases and idioms: suffice it to say I shall content myself… …

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  • 16 suffice — /seuh fuys , fuyz /, v., sufficed, sufficing. v.i. 1. to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc. v.t. 2. to be enough or adequate for; satisfy. [1275 1325; ME sufficen < L sufficere to supply, suffice, equiv. to suf SUF + ficere, comb …

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  • 17 suffice — [sə fʌɪs] verb be enough or adequate. ↘meet the needs of. Phrases suffice (it) to say used to indicate that one is withholding something for reasons of discretion or brevity. Origin ME: from OFr. suffis , stem of suffire, from L. sufficient ,… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 suffice — verb a simple yes or no will suffice Syn: be enough, be sufficient, be adequate, do, serve, meet requirements, satisfy demands, answer/meet one s needs, answer/serve the purpose; informal fit/fill the bill …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 suffice — suf•fice [[t]səˈfaɪs, ˈfaɪz[/t]] v. ficed, fic•ing 1) to be enough or adequate, as for needs or purposes 2) to be enough or adequate for; satisfy • Etymology: 1275–1325; (< OF) < L sufficere to supply, suffice =suf suf + ficere, comb. form… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 suffice — [c]/səˈfaɪs / (say suh fuys) verb (sufficed, sufficing) –verb (i) 1. to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc. –verb (t) 2. to be enough or adequate for; satisfy. –phrase 3. suffice (it) to say, let it be enough to say. {Latin… …

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