suffice

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 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 that the statement that you are making contains your main idea, although you could say more about it

Suffice it to say that working with Kelvin was not a very pleasant experience.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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