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Dictionary Definition

fit adj
1 meeting adequate standards for a purpose; "a fit subject for discussion"; "it is fit and proper that you be there"; "water fit to drink"; "fit for duty"; "do as you see fit to" [syn: fit to(a), fit for(a)] [ant: unfit]
2 (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed; "in no fit state to continue"; "fit to drop"; "laughing fit to burst"; "she was fit to scream"; "primed for a fight"; "we are set to go at any time" [syn: fit(p), primed(p), set(p)]
3 physically and mentally sound or healthy; "felt relaxed and fit after their holiday"; "keeps fit with diet and exercise" [syn: healthy] [ant: unfit]

Noun

1 a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene" [syn: tantrum, scene, conniption]
2 a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter" [syn: paroxysm, convulsion]
3 the manner in which something fits; "I admired the fit of her coat"
4 a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); "a burst of applause"; "a fit of housecleaning" [syn: burst]

Verb

1 be agreeable or acceptable to; "This suits my needs" [syn: suit, accommodate]
2 be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired; "This piece won't fit into the puzzle" [syn: go]
3 satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?" [syn: meet, conform to]
4 make fit; "fit a dress"; "He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"
5 insert or adjust several objects or people; "Can you fit the toy into the box?"; "This man can't fit himself into our work environment"
6 be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: match, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]
7 conform to some shape or size; "How does this shirt fit?"
8 provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose; "The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities" [syn: equip, fit out, outfit]
9 make correspond or harmonize; "Match my sweater" [syn: match] [also: fitting, fitted, fittest, fitter]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /fɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Etymology 1

From the noun fit

Verb

  1. Of an object, to be of the right size and shape so as to match another object.
    I want to fit the drapes to the design of the room
  2. Of clothing, to be of the right size and cut.
  3. To tailor; to change to the appropriate size.
  4. To be fitting; to suit.
    • 1918, Richard Dennis Teall Hollister, Speech-making, publ. George Wahr, pg. 81:
      The speaker should be certain that his subject fits the occasion.
Translations
Of an object, to match another object
Of clothing, to have right size and cut
to tailor

Etymology 2

From the noun fit

Adjective

  1. in good shape
  2. suitable
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 243d.
      The rest we'll leave to be examined later, if we think fit;
  3. (British slang) good looking, fanciable, attractive, beautiful
    I think the girl working in the office is fit.
Translations
in good shape
suitable
good-looking female
  • German: sexy, scharf, heiß
  • Japanese: 美人 (bijin), 別嬪 (beppin) (a little bit archaic)
  • Swedish: läcker

Etymology 3

Old English fitt

Noun

  1. The degree to which something fits something else.
    This shirt is a bad fit.
    Since he put on weight, his jeans have been a tight fit.
  2. (Advertising) how well a particular commercial execution captures the character or values of a brand.
    The Wonder Bread advertising research results showed the “White Picket Fence” commercial had strong fit ratings.
Usage notes
Usually used in the singular preceded by an indefinite article and an adjective.
Translations
degree to which something fits
References
for 2nd definition: The Advertising Research Handbook Charles E. Young, Ideas in Flight, Seattle, WA, April 2005

Noun

  1. A seizure or convulsion.
  2. A sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom over a short period of time; as, a coughing fit
  3. A sudden outburst of emotion.
    He had a laughing fit which lasted more than ten minutes.
    She had a fit and had thrown all of his clothes out of the window.
  4. A section of a poem or ballad.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations
seizure
sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom
sudden outburst of emotion

Verb

  1. To suffer a fit.

Catalan

Adjective

  1. fixed (of eyes, regard, etc.)

Noun

  1. target

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

fit (fitte, comparative: fitter, superlative: fitst)
  1. fit (in good shape)

French

Verb

fit
  1. third-person singular indicative past historic of faire

Extensive Definition

Fit and FIT have several meanings.
Fit can refer to:
  • Physical fitness, how well a person is suited for physical tasks.
  • Fitness (biology), how capable a being is at successfully passing on its genes.
  • seizure, or any other sudden occurrence of a symptom or unusual behavior.
  • tailoring, how well clothing conforms to the wearer's body (as in "a good fit"). "To fit" is also a verb for adjusting clothing to better suit a wearer.
  • Honda Fit (also known as Honda Jazz), a 5-door hatchback car.
  • Engineering fit, a classification system for the mating of two mechanical components.
  • the result of curve fitting.
  • In England the word 'fit' may refer to an attractive person, e.g. "she's fit, but she knows it."
In linguistics:
The acronym FIT can stand for:

See also

  • Retrofit, the addition of new technology or features to older systems
fit in German: Fit
fit in French: FIT
fit in Italian: FIT
fit in Dutch: FIT
fit in Japanese: FIT

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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