Definition of suffice in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈfʌɪs/


[no object]
1Be enough or adequate: a quick look should suffice [with infinitive]: two examples should suffice to prove the contention
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  • My handwriting was adequate for everyday purposes, my avocado green IBM Selectric sufficed for more formal projects, and I happily received my mail through the post office.
  • But Babu sees more in life than the praise, gratitude, and $7-a-day wages that have sufficed for more traditional Sherpas.
  • Through all this he lived in the College too, in a single small room that sufficed for his bachelor requirements.
be enough, be sufficient, be adequate, do, serve, meet requirements, satisfy demands, answer/fulfil/meet one's needs, answer/serve the purpose, pass muster
informal fit/fill the bill, make the grade, cut the mustard, hit the spot
1.1 [with object] Meet the needs of: simple mediocrity cannot suffice them
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  • A small cheque in the post, by way of consultancy fee, will suffice Brian.
  • His hands could only get a fallen feather which would only suffice him for a short while.
  • There were four of them, all a good size, and you could see how they would easily suffice two people sharing.


suffice (it) to say

Used to indicate that one is saying enough to make one’s meaning clear while withholding something for reasons of discretion or brevity: suffice it to say that they were not considered suitable for this project
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  • I don't need to know why Mom calls him that, suffice to say she has her reasons.
  • I shall draw a discreet veil over the rest of that day but suffice it to say that a jolly time was had by all.
  • Let it suffice to say that in our land, whatever the reason, a warrior carries two swords at his belt.


Middle English: from Old French suffis-, stem of suffire, from Latin sufficere 'put under, meet the need of', from sub- 'under' + facere 'make'.

Words that rhyme with suffice

advice, bice, Brice, choc ice, concise, dice, entice, gneiss, ice, imprecise, lice, mice, nice, precise, price, rice, sice, slice, speiss, spice, splice, syce, thrice, top-slice, trice, twice, underprice, vice, Zeiss

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