- I UK [fɪt] / US
Word forms "fit":
present tense I/you/we/they fit he/she/it fits present participle fitting past tense fitted or fit past participle fitted or fit
Usage note:In British English, the past tense and past participle is usually fitted. For meanings 6, 7, and 8, the past tense and past participle is always fitted.1)a) [intransitive, never progressive] if someone or something fits somewhere, they are small enough or the right size and shape to go therefit in/into/on etc:
I don't think that box will fit.
The book is small enough to fit in your pocket.
I redesigned the chart so that it fitted onto one page.
The cover fits neatly over the pipe.
Can we all fit around the table?b) [transitive, never progressive] if you can fit a person or thing somewhere, there is enough space for you to put them therefit something into/onto/over something:
I couldn't fit my head through the gap.
She can fit two more people into her car.2) [intransitive/transitive, never progressive] if clothes fit, they are the right size for you
It is important that children's shoes fit correctly.fit (someone) like a glove (= fit extremely well):
I like the suit, but the jacket doesn't fit me.
The dress fitted her like a glove.3)a) [intransitive, never progressive] to be suitable or similar enough to belong to a groupfit into:fit with:
His writing did not fit into any traditional literary category.
Their policies do not fit with the ideal of democratic government.b) [transitive] to put something in a particular place or group because it belongs therefit something into/with something:
You can't fit all types of human behaviour into a clear pattern.4) [intransitive/transitive, never progressive] to be the truth, or to be the same as what someone describes or asks for
Something in her story did not fit.fit the description of:
None of the candidates fits our criteria.
He fits the description of a man seen running away from the scene.5) [intransitive/transitive, never progressive] to be suitable or right for somethingfit with:
We need a name that fits our image.
A dark wooden table wouldn't fit with the decoration in here.6) [transitive, usually passive] to measure a person and then provide the correct size of clothing or piece of equipmentfit someone for something:
When you buy a new suit, you should be professionally fitted.fit someone with something:
I'm taking the children to be fitted for new shoes.have something fitted:
Mr Clayton was fitted with a hearing aid.
She's had a brace fitted (= to make her teeth straight).7) [transitive, usually passive] to add a piece of equipment to something elsefit something with something:
We were advised to fit a burglar alarm.fit something to/onto something:
Some cars are fitted with hand controls for people with physical disabilities.
You can fit a bike rack to the rear of your car.8) [transitive] British formal to provide someone with the qualifications or qualities that they need for a job or a particular purposefit someone/something for something:
Everything in his background fitted him for a diplomatic career.•- fit in- fit out- fit up
II UK [fɪt] / US adjective
Word forms "fit":
adjective fit comparative fitter superlative fittest
1) healthy, strong, and able to do physical exercise without getting very tiredfit for:
Running around after the kids keeps me fit.fit to do something:
McCarthy hopes to be fit for the match on Saturday.get fit:
You have to be reasonably fit to do this job.
I need to get fit before the football season starts.See:2) in a good enough physical or mental conditionfit to do something:not in a fit state/in no fit state:
The accused was declared fit to stand trial.
You are in no fit state to drive.3) of a good enough standard for someone or somethingfit for:
He seems to think that typing documents is all I'm fit for.fit to do something:
The house was not fit for human habitation.fit to eat/drink:
He is not fit to be a teacher.fit for a king/queen (= of very high quality):
That wine is not fit to drink.
She made me a dress fit for a queen.4) informal sexually attractive: used mainly by young people•informal laughing/crying etc a lot
laughing/crying/coughing fit to bust/burst— British
see/think fit— to decide that something is the best thing to do. You often use this expression to refer to decisions or actions that you do not agree with
She did not see fit to apologize for her behaviour.
The court will deal with the matter as it thinks fit.
III UK [fɪt] / US noun
Word forms "fit":
singular fit plural fits
1)a) [countable] a strong sudden physical reaction you cannot control, for example coughing or laughingfits of laughter:a fit of the giggles:
Everyone collapsed in fits of laughter.a coughing/sneezing fit:
Julie suddenly got a fit of the giggles.
When his sneezing fit was over, Milton resumed lecturing.b) a sudden strong emotion that you cannot controla fit of rage/jealousy/panic:fit of depression:
She smashed the plate in a fit of rage.
He often suffers from fits of depression.2) [countable] informal an occasion when someone becomes unconscious for a short time and their body shakeshave/suffer a fit:
She has epilepsy and suffers frequent fits.3) [singular] used for saying whether something is the right size and shape for someone or something
When buying a rucksack, it is important to get a good fit.a tight fit:
You can adjust the width of the boot to get a better fit.
The sofa will go in here but it's a tight fit.•
by/in fits and starts— stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily
Efforts at reform seem to come in fits and starts.
have/throw a fit— informal to get very angry and shout or become violent
We'd better clear up before Mary arrives. She'll have a fit otherwise.- in fits
English dictionary. 2014.