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  ( suits    plural & 3rd person present)   ( suiting    present participle)   ( suited    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A man's suit consists of a jacket, trousers, and sometimes a waistcoat, all made from the same fabric.  
...a dark pin-striped business suit., ...a smart suit and tie.     
2       n-count   A woman's suit consists of a jacket and skirt, or sometimes trousers, made from the same fabric.  
I was wearing my tweed suit.     
3       n-count   A particular type of suit is a piece of clothing that you wear for a particular activity.  
n N  
...a completely revolutionary atmospheric diving suit.     
4       verb   If something suits you, it is convenient for you or is the best thing for you in the circumstances.  
no cont  
They will only release information if it suits them...      V n  
They should be able to find you the best package to suit your needs.      V n  
5       verb   If something suits you, you like it.  
no cont  
I don't think a sedentary life would altogether suit me.      V n  
6       verb   If a piece of clothing or a particular style or colour suits you, it makes you look attractive.  
no cont  
Green suits you.      V n  
7       verb   If you suityourself, you do something just because you want to do it, without bothering to consider other people.   (=please)  
These large institutions make<endash>and change<endash>the rules to suit themselves...      V pron-refl  
He made a dismissive gesture. `Suit yourself.'      V pron-refl  
8       n-count   In a court of law, a suit is a case in which someone tries to get a legal decision against a person or company, often so that the person or company will have to pay them money for having done something wrong to them.   (=lawsuit)  
Up to 2,000 former employees have filed personal injury suits against the company...     
      In American English, you can say that someone files or bringssuitagainst another person., n-uncount  
One insurance company has already filed suit against the city of Chicago.     
9       n-count   A suit is one of the four types of card in a set of playing cards. These are hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.  
    bathing suit  
    birthday suit  
    boiler suit  
    trouser suit  
11    If people follow suit, they do the same thing that someone else has just done.  
follow suit      phrase   V inflects  
Efforts to persuade the remainder to follow suit have continued.     

bathing suit     ( bathing suits    plural  ) A bathing suit is a piece of clothing which people wear when they go swimming.      n-count   (=swimsuit)  
birthday suit        ( birthday suits    plural  ) If you are in your birthday suit, you are not wearing any clothes.  
INFORMAL, HUMOROUS or OLD-FASHIONED      n-count   poss N  
boiler suit        ( boiler suits    plural  ) A boiler suit consists of a single piece of clothing that combines trousers and a jacket. You wear it over your clothes in order to protect them from dirt while you are working.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   (=overalls)  
in AM, use overalls     
paternity suit        ( paternity suits    plural  ) If a woman starts or takes out a paternity suit, she asks a court of law to help her to prove that a particular man is the father of her child, often in order to claim financial support from him.      n-count  
safari suit        ( safari suits    plural  ) A safari suit is a casual suit made from a light-coloured material such as linen or cotton. Safari suits are usually worn in hot weather.      n-count  
shell suit        ( shell suits    plural  ) , shell-suit   A shell suit is a casual suit which is made of thin nylon.      n-count  
...someone in a shell suit from Stirchley.     
space suit        ( space suits    plural  ) , spacesuit   A space suit is a special protective suit that is worn by astronauts in space.      n-count  
trouser suit        ( trouser suits    plural  ) A trouser suit is women's clothing consisting of a pair of trousers and a jacket which are made from the same material.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use pantsuit, pants suit     
union suit        ( union suits    plural  ) A union suit is a piece of underwear, worn by men or boys, that covers the body and legs.  
  (AM)      n-count  
wet suit        ( wet suits    plural  ) , wetsuit   A wet suit is a close-fitting rubber suit which an underwater swimmer wears in order to keep their body warm.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    agree, agree with, answer, be acceptable to, become, befit, be seemly, conform to, correspond, do, go with, gratify, harmonize, match, please, satisfy, tally  
2    accommodate, adapt, adjust, customize, fashion, fit, modify, proportion, tailor  
3    addresses, appeal, attentions, courtship, entreaty, invocation, petition, prayer, request  
4      (Law)   action, case, cause, industrial tribunal, lawsuit, proceeding, prosecution, trial  
5    clothing, costume, dress, ensemble, habit, outfit  
6    follow suit      accord with, copy, emulate, run with the herd, take one's cue from  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

suit smb./smth. to a T exp.
be a perfect fit for smb./smth.;

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