[ suh-fahys, -fahyz ]
/ səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. sufferance,
  2. sufferer,
  3. suffering,
  4. sufferingly,
  5. suffern,
  6. suffice it to say,
  7. sufficiency,
  8. sufficient,
  9. sufficient condition,
  10. sufficient reason

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sufficed

British Dictionary definitions for sufficed


/ (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
Derived Formssufficer, noun

Word Origin for suffice

C14: from Old French suffire, from Latin sufficere from sub- below + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for sufficed



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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