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' .

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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 — 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 — 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

  • 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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