Definition of suffice in English:


Line breaks: suf|fice
Pronunciation: /səˈfʌɪs


[no object]
1Be enough or adequate: a quick look should suffice [with infinitive]: two examples should suffice to prove the contention
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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


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
More example sentences
  • 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.

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