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[suh-fahys, -fahyz] /səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz/
verb (used without object), sufficed, sufficing.
to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc.
verb (used with object), sufficed, sufficing.
to be enough or adequate for; satisfy.
Origin of suffice
1275-1325; Middle English sufficen < Latin sufficere to supply, suffice, equivalent to suf- suf- + -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do1; replacing Middle English suffisen < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
unsufficing, adjective Unabridged
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  • These few words had sufficed to shame me heartily of my cowardice.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • All her pulling only sufficed to keep the boat from going with the stream.

  • In short, I became a personality, and that sufficed for my childish pride.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Yet it had sufficed that the nations should flock there for a pestilence to break out.

  • It now sufficed that she should condemn him, and he at once felt guilty.

  • If you are a woodsman, ten or fifteen minutes has sufficed to accomplish all this.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Not all my kicks and cuffs and beatings had sufficed one whit to repulse him.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Had it not sufficed for him to break with them, after pillaging them, to make his own fortune?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • It sufficed for us to be with Claude, to be turned away everywhere.'

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for sufficed


to be adequate or satisfactory for (something)
(takes a clause as object) suffice it to say that, let us say no more than that; I shall just say that
Derived Forms
sufficer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French suffire, from Latin sufficere from sub- below + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for sufficed



early 14c., from stem of Old French souffire "be sufficient," from Latin sufficere "supply, suffice," from sub "up to" (see sub-) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Phrase suffice it to say (late 14c.) is a rare surviving subjunctive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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