- 1Be enough or adequate: a quick look should suffice [with infinitive]: two examples should suffice to prove the contentionMore 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Meet the needs of: simple mediocrity cannot suffice themMore 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.
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 projectMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French suffis-, stem of suffire, from Latin sufficere 'put under, meet the need of', from sub- 'under' + facere 'make'.