Word of the Day: fit

Word of the Day
July 12, 2016
fit (adjective, verb, noun)
/fɪt/  sound icon
 
These jeans don't fit. They're too small.
As an adjective, fit means 'suitable or appropriate' and is usually followed by for and a noun or to and an infinitive. It also means 'ready' and it is used to describe someone in a very good physical condition. As a verb, fit means 'to be suitable or proper for something' and also 'to be of the correct size' or 'to make something the right size for something or someone.' Finally, fit means 'to provide or equip something' and in this sense it is often used with out. As a noun, a fit is the way in which something fits in size or shape, or something that fits, normally in terms of suitability.

 

Example sentences
 
It's important to ensure all your materials are fit for use.
The ground is prepared and fit for farming.
You need to be very fit to be an athlete.
The directors all agreed that the candidate would fit the job very well.
That dress fits you beautifully.
The carpenter fitted the door to the space available.
The hotel room was fitted out with modern furnishings.
As a couple, Adam and Taylor seem to be a really good fit.

 

Words often used with fit
 
fit to be tied: very annoyed or angry. Example: "When my colleague, who hadn't helped with the project at all, criticized my work, I was fit to be tied!"
 
throw a fit: become extremely angry. Example: "Jane's parents threw a fit when she stayed out all night without telling them where she was."
 
in fits and starts: sporadically. Example: "Tania was having trouble concentrating and had been working in fits and starts all day."
 
fit like a glove: be the perfect size. Example: "My wedding dress fits like a glove. I look great!"
 
Additional information
 
A fit is also a sudden attack usually involving convulsions or extreme behavior, and more mildly, it's a period of intense emotion.
 
Did you know?
 
The phrasal verb fit in means 'to adapt to the environment you find yourself in,' normally by following the rules or customs of a group. Example: "Teenagers are always particularly concerned with fitting in with everyone else."
 
Other forms
 
fitness (noun), fitly (adverb), fitted (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Fit dates from the mid-14th century and comes from the Middle English verb fitten, meaning to be suitable. The noun and adjective meanings expanded from the verb in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is related to the Middle Dutch vitten.
 
 
 
 
 
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