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[suh-fahys, -fahyz]
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verb (used without object), suf·ficed, suf·fic·ing.
  1. to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc.
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verb (used with object), suf·ficed, suf·fic·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsun·suf·fic·ing, adjective
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  1. to be adequate or satisfactory for (something)
  2. suffice it to say that (takes a clause as object) let us say no more than that; I shall just say that
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Derived Formssufficer, 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 suffice


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.

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