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suf·fice

 (sə-fīs′)
v. suf·ficed, suf·fic·ing, suf·fic·es
v.intr.
1. To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient: These rations will suffice until next week.
2. To be equal to a specified task; be capable: No words will suffice to convey my grief.
v.tr.
To satisfy the needs or requirements of; be enough for.

[Middle English suffisen, from Old French suffire, suffis-, from Latin sufficere : sub-, sub- + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

suf·fic′er n.

suffice

(səˈfaɪs)
vb
1. to be adequate or satisfactory for (something)
2. suffice it to say that (takes a clause as object) let us say no more than that; I shall just say that
[C14: from Old French suffire, from Latin sufficere from sub- below + facere to make]
sufˈficer n

suf•fice

(səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz)

v. -ficed, -fic•ing. v.i.
1. to be enough or adequate, as for needs or purposes.
v.t.
2. to be enough or adequate for; satisfy.
[1275–1325; (< Old French) < Latin sufficere to supply, suffice =suf- suf- + -ficere, comb. form of facere to make, do1]

suffice


Past participle: sufficed
Gerund: sufficing

Imperative
suffice
suffice
Present
I suffice
you suffice
he/she/it suffices
we suffice
you suffice
they suffice
Preterite
I sufficed
you sufficed
he/she/it sufficed
we sufficed
you sufficed
they sufficed
Present Continuous
I am sufficing
you are sufficing
he/she/it is sufficing
we are sufficing
you are sufficing
they are sufficing
Present Perfect
I have sufficed
you have sufficed
he/she/it has sufficed
we have sufficed
you have sufficed
they have sufficed
Past Continuous
I was sufficing
you were sufficing
he/she/it was sufficing
we were sufficing
you were sufficing
they were sufficing
Past Perfect
I had sufficed
you had sufficed
he/she/it had sufficed
we had sufficed
you had sufficed
they had sufficed
Future
I will suffice
you will suffice
he/she/it will suffice
we will suffice
you will suffice
they will suffice
Future Perfect
I will have sufficed
you will have sufficed
he/she/it will have sufficed
we will have sufficed
you will have sufficed
they will have sufficed
Future Continuous
I will be sufficing
you will be sufficing
he/she/it will be sufficing
we will be sufficing
you will be sufficing
they will be sufficing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sufficing
you have been sufficing
he/she/it has been sufficing
we have been sufficing
you have been sufficing
they have been sufficing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sufficing
you will have been sufficing
he/she/it will have been sufficing
we will have been sufficing
you will have been sufficing
they will have been sufficing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sufficing
you had been sufficing
he/she/it had been sufficing
we had been sufficing
you had been sufficing
they had been sufficing
Conditional
I would suffice
you would suffice
he/she/it would suffice
we would suffice
you would suffice
they would suffice
Past Conditional
I would have sufficed
you would have sufficed
he/she/it would have sufficed
we would have sufficed
you would have sufficed
they would have sufficed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.suffice - 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"
bridge over, tide over, keep going - suffice for a period between two points; "This money will keep us going for another year"
go a long way - suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
serve, function - serve a purpose, role, or function; "The tree stump serves as a table"; "The female students served as a control group"; "This table would serve very well"; "His freedom served him well"; "The table functions as a desk"
live up to, satisfy, fulfill, fulfil - meet the requirements or expectations of
measure up, qualify - prove capable or fit; meet requirements
go around - be sufficient; "There's not enough to go around"

suffice

verb be enough, do, be sufficient, be adequate, answer, serve, content, satisfy, fill the bill (informal), meet requirements A far shorter letter will suffice.

suffice

verb
To meet a need or requirement:
Translations
يَكْفي
stačit
riittäätyydyttää
nægja
pakaktipakanka pasakytiužtektinas
būt diezganpietikt
postačiť
yetmek

suffice

[səˈfaɪs] (frm)
A. VIser suficiente, bastar
a short letter will sufficeuna carta breve será suficiente or bastará
military initiatives alone will not sufficepor sí solas las iniciativas militares no serán suficientes or bastarán
B. VT suffice it to saybasta con decir

suffice

[səˈfaɪs] visuffire

suffice

(form)
vigenügen, (aus)reichen
vtgenügen (+dat) (geh); sb alsozufriedenstellen; suffice it to say …es reicht wohl, wenn ich sage, …

suffice

[səˈfaɪs] (frm)
2. vt suffice it to say ...basti dire che...

suffice

(səˈfais) verb
to be enough for a purpose or person. Will $10 suffice (you) till Monday?
sufficient adjective
enough. We haven't sufficient food to feed all these people; Will $10 be sufficient for your needs?
sufˈficiency noun
sufˈficiently adverb
suffice it to say
I need only say.
References in classic literature ?
Monsieur, you have the plighted faith of 'un gentilhomme Fran‡ais', for your safety," returned Montcalm, laying his hand impressively on his heart; "it should suffice.
There had been something so innately characteristic in this look, that all the dusky years, and the burden of unfit calamity which had fallen upon him, did not suffice utterly to destroy it.
Suffice it here to say that a Custom-House officer of long continuance can hardly be a very praiseworthy or respectable personage, for many reasons; one of them, the tenure by which he holds his situation, and another, the very nature of his business, which -- though, I trust, an honest one -- is of such a sort that he does not share in the united effort of mankind.
Let it suffice to say, Ichabod stole forth with the air of one who had been sacking a henroost, rather than a fair lady's heart.
Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder warehouses will not suffice.
And for a little while she hoped he would not talk of it, and that a silent rumination might suffice to restore him to the relish of his own smooth gruel.
Another meeting will suffice to explain his sentiments on picturesque beauty, and second marriages, and then you can have nothing farther to ask.
Lloyd, and from the above reported conference between Bessie and Abbot, I gathered enough of hope to suffice as a motive for wishing to get well: a change seemed near,- -I desired and waited it in silence.
If God afflict your enemies, surely that ought to suffice you.
If a first trace of them can be found, after their departure from Aldborough, I believe careful inquiry will suffice for the rest.
Suffice it to observe, that it was a masterpiece of eloquence; and that those passages in which he more particularly traced his own successful career to its source, and warned the younger portion of his auditory from the shoals of ever incurring pecuniary liabilities which they were unable to liquidate, brought a tear into the manliest eye present.
He had inherited from his mother some acquaintance with medicinal herbs and their preparation--a little store of wisdom which she had imparted to him as a solemn bequest--but of late years he had had doubts about the lawfulness of applying this knowledge, believing that herbs could have no efficacy without prayer, and that prayer might suffice without herbs; so that the inherited delight he had in wandering in the fields in search of foxglove and dandelion and coltsfoot, began to wear to him the character of a temptation.