fit 1 [ fit ] SHOW IPA / fɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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. Biology. 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. SEE MORE SEE LESS 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. SEE MORE SEE LESS 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. noun the manner in which a thing fits: The fit was perfect. something that fits: The coat is a poor fit. SEE MORE SEE LESS Verb Phrases fit out / up to furnish with supplies, equipment, clothing, furniture, or other requisites; supply; equip: to fit out an expedition. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
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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 fit 1
First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English
fitten, fetten “to marshal or deploy troops; to be fitting, befit;” possibly from Old Norse fitja “to web, knit;” akin to Middle Dutch vitten “to befit” usage note for fit
fit and fitted are standard as past tense and past participle of fit : 1 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 fit fit·ta·ble, adjective un·fit·ta·ble, adjective WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fit fit , fitted (see usage note at the current entry) fit 2 [ fit ] SHOW IPA / fɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun a sudden, acute attack or manifestation of a disease, especially one marked by convulsions or unconsciousness: a fit of epilepsy. an onset, spell, or period of emotion, feeling, inclination, activity, etc.: a fit of anger; a fit of weeping. Origin of fit 2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English
“round of fighting”; see
fit 3 fit 3 [ fit ] SHOW IPA / fɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun Archaic. a song, ballad, or story. a division of a song, ballad, or story. Origin of fit 3
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English
fitt “round of singing, canto, song, speech” fit 4 [ fit ] SHOW IPA / fɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb Nonstandard (chiefly Older Use). simple past tense of fight. Origin of fit 4
First recorded in 1805–10
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Example sentences from the Web for fit 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 appropriate they 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 ready the experience helped to fit him for the task (tr) to locate with care (intr) to correspond with the facts or circumstances SEE MORE SEE LESS adjective fitter or fittest suitable to a purpose or design; appropriate having the right qualifications; qualifying in good health worthy or deserving a book fit to be read (foll by an infinitive) in such an extreme condition that a specified consequence is likely she was fit to scream; you look fit to drop mainly British informal (of a person) sexually attractive SEE MORE SEE LESS noun the manner in which something fits the act or process of fitting statistics the correspondence between observed and predicted characteristics of a distribution or model See goodness of fit SEE MORE SEE LESS Derived forms of fit fittable, adjective Word Origin for fit
C14: probably from Middle Dutch
vitten; related to Old Norse fitja to knit noun pathol a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure a sudden spell of emotion a fit of anger an impulsive period of activity or lack of activity; mood a 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 SEE MORE SEE LESS verb fits, fitting or fitted (intr) informal to have a sudden attack or convulsion, such as an epileptic seizure Word Origin for fit
fitt conflict; see fit ³ noun archaic a story or song or a section of a story or song Word Origin for fit
fitt; related to Old Norse fit hem, Old High German fizza yarn
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v. To be the proper size and shape. adj. Physically sound; healthy. n. The degree of precision with which surfaces are adjusted or adapted to each other in a machine, device, or collection of parts. n. A seizure or a convulsion, especially one caused by epilepsy. The sudden appearance of a symptom such as coughing or sneezing.
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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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