An example of suffice is having the right amount of food for a backpacking trip.
- to be enough; be sufficient or adequate
- Obs. to be competent or able
Origin of sufficeMiddle English sufficen ; from stem of Old French soufire ; from Classical Latin sufficere, to provide, suffice ; from sub-, sub- + facere, to make, do
suffice (it) to say
verbsuf·ficed, suf·fic·ing, suf·fic·es
- To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient: These rations will suffice until next week.
- To be equal to a specified task; be capable: No words will suffice to convey my grief.
Origin of sufficeMiddle English suffisen, from Old French suffire, suffis-, from Latin sufficere : sub-, sub- + facere, to make; see dh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present suffices, present participle sufficing, simple past and past participle sufficed)
- (intransitive) To be enough or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate.
- Two capsules of fish oil a day suffices.
- To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.
- A joint of lamb sufficed even his enormous appetite.
- To furnish; to supply adequately.
- Commonly used in the phrase suffice it to say.
- Mostly used in modal verb constructions, such as: Half a loaf per day will suffice. This is much more common than the direct form Half a loaf per day suffices.