[ suh-fahys, -fahyz ]
/ səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz /
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verb (used without object), suf·ficed, suf·fic·ing.

to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc.

verb (used with object), suf·ficed, suf·fic·ing.

to be enough or adequate for; satisfy.



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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
un·suf·fic·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suffice

/ (səˈfaɪs) /


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