Suffice Definition

sufficed, suffices, sufficing
sufficed, suffices, sufficing
To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient.
These rations will suffice until next week.
American Heritage
To be enough; be sufficient or adequate.
Webster's New World
To be competent or able.
Webster's New World
To be equal to a specified task; be capable.
No words will suffice to convey my grief.
American Heritage
To be enough for; meet the needs of; satisfy.
Webster's New World
suffice (it) to say
  • probably it is enough simply to state
Webster's New World

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Origin of Suffice

  • From Middle English suffisen, from Middle French souffire, from Latin sufficiō (“supply, be adequate"), from sub (“under") + faciō (“do, make"). Cognate with French suffire.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English suffisen from Old French suffire suffis- from Latin sufficere sub- sub- facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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