What does suffice mean?

Definitions for sufficesəˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word suffice.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suffice, do, answer, serve(verb)

    be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

    "A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve"


  1. suffice(Verb)

    To be enough or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate.

    Two capsules of fish oil a day suffices.

  2. suffice(Verb)

    To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.

    A joint of lamb sufficed even his enormous appetite.

  3. suffice(Verb)

    To furnish; to supply adequately.

  4. Origin: From suffisen, from souffire, from sufficio, from sub + facio. Cognate with French suffire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suffice(verb)

    to be enough, or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be equal to the end proposed; to be adequate

  2. Suffice(verb)

    to satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of

  3. Suffice(verb)

    to furnish; to supply adequately

  4. Origin: [OE. suffisen, OF. soufire, F. suffire (cf. suffisant, p. pr.), L. sufficere to put under, to substitute, to avail for, to suffice; sub under + facere to make. See Fact.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suffice

    suf′fīs, v.i. to be enough: to be equal to the end in view.—v.t. to satisfy.—n. Suffi′ciency, state of being sufficient: competence: ability: capacity: conceit.—adj. Suffi′cient, sufficing: enough: equal to any end or purpose: competent.—adv. Suffi′ciently.—n. Suf′fisance (Spens.), sufficiency. [Fr.,—L. sufficĕre, to take the place of—sub, under, facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffice in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suffice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Claire McCaskill:

    Suffice it to say, I am for the agreement.

  2. Unknown:

    Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.

  3. Simon Boddie:

    Suffice to say that they would be in decline for some time now.

  4. William Butler Yeats:

    Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice?

  5. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.

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