Suffice meaning

sə-fīs
Suffice is defined as to be enough, equal or sufficient.

An example of suffice is having the right amount of food for a backpacking trip.

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(archaic) To be enough for; meet the needs of; satisfy.
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(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.

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To furnish; to supply adequately.
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To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.

A joint of lamb sufficed even his enormous appetite.

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To be enough; be sufficient or adequate.
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To satisfy the needs or requirements of; be enough for.
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To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient.

These rations will suffice until next week.

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To be equal to a specified task; be capable.

No words will suffice to convey my grief.

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(obs.) To be competent or able.
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suffice (it) to say
  • probably it is enough simply to state
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of suffice

  • 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

  • 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