a. A set of matching outer garments, especially one consisting of a coat with trousers or a skirt, often worn on formal occasions.
b. Slang A person, especially an executive, who wears one of these garments at work.
2. An outfit worn for a special activity: a diving suit; a running suit.
3. A group of things used together; a set or collection: a suit of sails; a suit of tools.
4. 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.
5. Attendance required of a vassal at his feudal lord's court or manor.
6. Law A lawsuit.
7. The act or an instance of courting a woman; courtship: She was inclined to accept his suit.
v. suit·ed, suit·ing, suits
1. To meet the requirements of; fit: This candidate does not suit our qualifications.
2. To make appropriate or suitable; adapt: builders who suit the house to the owner's specifications.
3. To be appropriate for; befit: a color that suits you.
4. To please; satisfy: a choice that suits us all.
5. To provide with clothing; dress: The NCOs suited the recruits in green uniforms.
1. To be suitable or acceptable.
2. To be in accord; agree or match.
To put on clothing designed for a special activity: suits up in shorts for a jog.
[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.]
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