[ fit ]
/ fɪt /
adjective, fit·ter, fit·test.
adapted or suited; appropriate: This water isn't fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.
proper or becoming: fit behavior.
qualified or competent, as for an office or function: a fit candidate.
prepared or ready: crops fit for gathering.
in good physical condition; in good health: He's fit for the race.
- being adapted to the prevailing conditions and producing offspring that survive to reproductive age.
- contributing genetic information to the gene pool of the next generation.
- (of a population) maintaining or increasing the group's numbers in the environment.
verb (used with object), fit·ted or fit, fit·ting.
to be adapted to or suitable for (a purpose, object, occasion, etc.).
to be proper or becoming for.
to be of the right size or shape for: The dress fitted her perfectly.
to adjust or make conform: to fit a ring to the finger.
to make qualified or competent: qualities that fit one for leadership.
to prepare: This school fits students for college.
to put with precise placement or adjustment: He fitted the picture into the frame.
to provide; furnish; equip: to fit a door with a new handle.
verb (used without object), fit·ted or fit, fit·ting.
to be suitable or proper.
to be of the right size or shape, as a garment for the wearer or any object or part for a thing to which it is applied: The shoes fit.
the manner in which a thing fits: The fit was perfect.
something that fits: The coat is a poor fit.
the process of fitting.
fit out/up, to furnish with supplies, equipment, clothing, furniture, or other requisites; supply; equip: to fit out an expedition.
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Idioms for fit
fit to be tied, Informal. extremely annoyed or angry: He was fit to be tied when I told him I'd wrecked the car.
fit to kill, Informal. to the limit; exceedingly: She was dressed up fit to kill.
Origin of fit1
1325–75; Middle English fitten; akin to Middle Dutch vitten to befit
usage note for fit
Both fit and fitted are standard as past tense and past participle of fit1 : The new door fit (or fitted ) the old frame perfectly. The suit had fitted (or fit ) well last year. Fitted is somewhat more common than fit in the sense “to adjust, make conform”: The tailor fitted the suit with a minimum of fuss. In the passive voice, fitted is the more common past participle: The door was fitted with a new handle.
OTHER WORDS FROM fitfit·ta·ble, adjectiveun·fit·ta·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fit up (1 of 4)
verb (tr, adverb)
(often foll by with) to equip or providethe optician will soon fit you up with a new pair of glasses
British slang to incriminate (someone) on a false charge; framehe was fitted up for the bank job
theatre slang a stage and accessories that can be erected quickly for plays
British slang a frame-up
British Dictionary definitions for fit up (2 of 4)
/ (fɪt) /
verb fits, fitting or fitted or US fit
to be appropriate or suitable for (a situation, etc)
to be of the correct size or shape for (a connection, container, etc)
(tr) to adjust in order to render appropriatethey had to fit the idea to their philosophy
(tr) to supply with that which is needed
(tr) to try clothes on (someone) in order to make adjustments if necessary
(tr) to make competent or readythe experience helped to fit him for the task
(tr) to locate with care
(intr) to correspond with the facts or circumstances
adjective fitter or fittest
suitable to a purpose or design; appropriate
having the right qualifications; qualifying
in good health
worthy or deservinga book fit to be read
(foll by an infinitive) in such an extreme condition that a specified consequence is likelyshe was fit to scream; you look fit to drop
mainly British informal (of a person) sexually attractive
the manner in which something fits
the act or process of fitting
statistics the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or modelSee goodness of fit
Derived forms of fitfittable, adjective
Word Origin for fit
C14: probably from Middle Dutch vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit
British Dictionary definitions for fit up (3 of 4)
/ (fɪt) /
pathol a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
a sudden spell of emotiona fit of anger
an impulsive period of activity or lack of activity; mooda fit of laziness
give a person a fit to surprise a person in an outrageous manner
have a fit or throw a fit informal to become very angry or excited
in fits and starts or by fits and starts in spasmodic spells; irregularly
verb fits, fitting or fitted
(intr) informal to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure
Word Origin for fit
Old English fitt conflict; see fit ³
British Dictionary definitions for fit up (4 of 4)
/ (fɪt) /
archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song
Word Origin for fit
Old English fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn
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Idioms and Phrases with fit up
In addition to the idioms beginning with fit
- fit as a fiddle
- fit in
- fit like a glove
- fit out
- fits and starts, by
- fit to be tied
- fit to kill
- give someone fits
- have a fit
- if the shoe fits
- see fit to
- survival of the fittest
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