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  1. suitable or appropriate; proper or becoming.
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  1. the act of a person or thing that fits.
  2. an act or instance of trying on clothes that are being made or altered to determine proper fit.
  3. anything provided as equipment, parts, supply, etc.
  4. Usually fittings. furniture, fixtures, etc., as of a building or apartment.
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Origin of fitting

First recorded in 1525–35; fit1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related formsfit·ting·ly, adverbfit·ting·ness, nounself-fit·ting, adjectiveun·der·fit·ting, nounun·fit·ting, adjectiveun·fit·ting·ly, adverbwell-fit·ting, adjective


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  • Thus the salutes were fired, and thus the royal birthday was fittingly celebrated.

  • Forewarned by the present, I make no doubt you will prepare to receive him fittingly.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He clung to a hope that Bream Mortimer at least would receive him fittingly.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • Have you your job planned out as well and as fittingly as you have mine?

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • But who can fittingly describe the progress of a soul on its way to its God?

British Dictionary definitions for fittingly


  1. appropriate or proper; suitable
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  1. an accessory or partan electrical fitting
  2. (plural) furnishings or accessories in a building
  3. work carried out by a fitter
  4. the act of trying on clothes so that they can be adjusted to fit
  5. British size in clothes or shoesa narrow fitting
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Derived Formsfittingly, adverbfittingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fittingly


1530s (adj.); c.1600 (n.), from present participle of fit (v.).

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