[suh-fahys, -fahyz]

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.

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

Related Words for sufficing

satisfy, do, serve, content, suit, answer, meet, avail

Examples from the Web for sufficing

Historical Examples of sufficing

  • They were shepherds of men and animals, each of them sufficing for those of whom he had the care.

  • That has been done already in sufficing measure by many others.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • That would be her expiation, though not a sufficing one; she recognized that.

    Ewing\'s Lady

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It would be all too sufficing to behold him once more safe and sound.

  • What can this signify but that the service or satisfaction we expect from the novelty falls short of sufficing to convince us?

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

British Dictionary definitions for sufficing



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 sufficing



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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