befit vs suit what difference

what is difference between befit and suit

English

Etymology

be- +‎ fit

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪˈfɪt/

Verb

befit (third-person singular simple present befits, present participle befitting, simple past and past participle befitted or befit)

  1. to be fit for

Synonyms

  • behoove

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle English sute, borrowed from Anglo-Norman suite and Old French sieute, siute (modern suite), originally a participle adjective from Vulgar Latin *sequita (for secūta), from Latin sequi (to follow), because the component garments “follow each other”, i.e. are worn together. See also the doublet suite. Cognate with Italian seguire and Spanish seguir. Related to sue and segue.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /s(j)uːt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /s(j)ut/
  • Rhymes: -uːt
  • Homophone: soot (in some dialects)

Noun

suit (plural suits)

  1. 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.
  2. (by extension) A single garment that covers the whole body: space suit, boiler suit, protective suit.
  3. (by extension) A single garment that does not cover the whole body, such as a swimsuit.
  4. (derogatory, slang, metonymically) A person who wears matching jacket and trousers, especially a boss or a supervisor.
  5. A full set of armour.
  6. (law) 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.
  7. (obsolete): The act of following or pursuing; pursuit, chase.
  8. Pursuit of a love-interest; wooing, courtship.
    • 1725, Alexander Pope, Odyssey (original by Homer)
      Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,
      Till this funereal web my labors end.
  9. (obsolete) The act of suing; the pursuit of a particular object or goal.
  10. The full set of sails required for a ship.
  11. (card games) 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.
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Task
      To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort
      Her mingled suits and sequences.
  12. (obsolete) Regular order; succession.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Vicissitude of Things
    Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit of weather comes again.
  13. (archaic) A company of attendants or followers; a retinue.
  14. (archaic) A group of similar or related objects or items considered as a whole; a suite (of rooms etc.)

Hyponyms

Derived terms

Related terms

  • suite

Translations

See also

References

  • suit on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Verb

suit (third-person singular simple present suits, present participle suiting, simple past and past participle suited)

  1. (transitive) To make proper or suitable; to adapt or fit.
  2. (said of clothes, hairstyle or other fashion item, transitive) To be suitable or apt for one’s image.
  3. (transitive) To be appropriate or apt for.
    • c. 1700, Matthew Prior, epistle to Dr. Sherlock
      Raise her notes to that sublime degree / Which suits song of piety and thee.
  4. (most commonly used in the passive form, intransitive) To dress; to clothe.
  5. To please; to make content; to fit one’s taste.
  6. (intransitive) To agree; to be fitted; to correspond (usually followed by to, archaically also followed by with)
    Synonyms: agree, match, answer

Derived terms

  • suited and booted
  • suit up
  • suit yourself
  • unsuited

Translations

Anagrams

  • ITUs, Situ, TUIs, Tsui, UTIs, Uist, iust, situ, tuis, utis

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sɥi/
  • Rhymes: -ɥi
  • Homophone: suis

Verb

suit

  1. third-person singular present indicative of suivre

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈsu.it/, [ˈs̠uɪt̪]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈsu.it/, [ˈsuːit̪]

Verb

suit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of suō

Norman

Etymology

Borrowed from English suit.

Noun

suit m (plural suits)

  1. (Jersey) suit (of clothes)

Synonyms

  • fa

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