Definitions for: Suit


[n] (law) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"
[n] a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color; "they buried him in his best suit"
[n] playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each set has its own symbol and color; "a flush is five cards in the same suit"; "in bridge you must follow suit"; "what suit is trumps?"
[n] a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
[n] a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief and intense courtship"
[v] accord or comport with
[v] be agreeable or acceptable to; "This suits my needs"
[v] enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This behavior doesn't suit you!"
[v] be agreeable or acceptable; "This time suits me"



Webster (1913) Definition: Suit, n. [OE. suite, F. suite, OF. suite, sieute, fr.
suivre to follow, OF. sivre; perhaps influenced by L. secta.
See Sue to follow, and cf. Sect, Suite.]
1. The act of following or pursuing, as game; pursuit. [Obs.]

2. The act of suing; the process by which one endeavors to
gain an end or an object; an attempt to attain a certain
result; pursuit; endeavor.

Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone.
--Spenser.

3. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in
marriage; courtship.

Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend, Till
this funereal web my labors end. --Pope.

4. (Law) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; an
action or process for the recovery of a right or claim;
legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of
right before any tribunal; as, a civil suit; a criminal
suit; a suit in chancery.

I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino. --Shak.

In England the several suits, or remedial
instruments of justice, are distinguished into three
kinds -- actions personal, real, and mixed.
--Blackstone.

5. That which follows as a retinue; a company of attendants
or followers; the assembly of persons who attend upon a
prince, magistrate, or other person of distinction; --
often written suite, and pronounced sw[=e]t.

6. Things that follow in a series or succession; the
individual objects, collectively considered, which
constitute a series, as of rooms, buildings, compositions,
etc.; -- often written suite, and pronounced sw[=e]t.

7. A number of things used together, and generally necessary
to be united in order to answer their purpose; a number of
things ordinarily classed or used together; a set; as, a
suit of curtains; a suit of armor; a suit of clothes.
``Two rogues in buckram suits.'' --Shak.

8. (Playing Cards) One of the four sets of cards which
constitute a pack; -- each set consisting of thirteen
cards bearing a particular emblem, as hearts, spades,
cubs, or diamonds.

To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort Her mingled
suits and sequences. --Cowper.

9. Regular order; succession. [Obs.]

Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit
of weather comes again. --Bacon.



Out of suits, having no correspondence. [Obs.] --Shak.

Suit and service (Feudal Law), the duty of feudatories to
attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of
peace, and in war to follow them and do military service;
-- called also suit service. --Blackstone.

Suit broker, one who made a trade of obtaining the suits of
petitioners at court. [Obs.]

Suit court (O. Eng. Law), the court in which tenants owe
attendance to their lord.

Suit covenant (O. Eng. Law), a covenant to sue at a certain
court.

Suit custom (Law), a service which is owed from time
immemorial.

Suit service. (Feudal Law) See Suit and service, above.


To bring suit. (Law)
(a) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the
plaintiff's demand. [Obs.]
(b) In modern usage, to institute an action.

To follow suit. (Card Playing) See under Follow, v. t.


Suit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suited; p. pr. & vb. n.
Suiting.]
1. To fit; to adapt; to make proper or suitable; as, to suit
the action to the word. --Shak.

2. To be fitted to; to accord with; to become; to befit.

Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.
--Dryden.

Raise her notes to that sublime degree Which suits
song of piety and thee. --Prior.

3. To dress; to clothe. [Obs.]

So went he suited to his watery tomb. --Shak.

4. To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his
place; to suit one's taste.


Suit, v. i.
To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; -- usually
followed by with or to.

The place itself was suiting to his care. --Dryden.

Give me not an office That suits with me so ill.
--Addison.

Syn: To agree; accord; comport; tally; correspond; match;
answer.

Synonyms: accommodate, become, befit, beseem, case, causa, cause, courting, courtship, lawsuit, suit of clothes, wooing

See Also: agree, appeal, bastardy proceeding, be, beautify, bundling, business suit, check, civil suit, class action, class-action suit, conform to, correspond, criminal suit, deck, deck of cards, double-breasted suit, embellish, entreaty, fit, garment, gibe, jibe, legal proceeding, major suit, match, meet, minor suit, pack of cards, paternity suit, playing card, prayer, prettify, proceeding, proceedings, single-breasted suit, slack suit, tally, zoot suit

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