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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 ?
This may suffice as to the number and nature of the various modes of imitation.
Hence the Three Laws, mentioned above, suffice for the better regulated States, and may be accepted as a rough exemplification of our Female Code.
The tact and skill which suffice to avert a Woman's sting are unequal to the task of stopping a Woman's mouth; and as the wife has absolutely nothing to say, and absolutely no constraint of wit, sense, or conscience to prevent her from saying it, not a few cynics have been found to aver that they prefer the danger of the death-dealing but inaudible sting to the safe sonorousness of a Woman's other end.
If a first trace of them can be found, after their departure from Aldborough, I believe careful inquiry will suffice for the rest.
In studies, whatsoever a man commandeth upon himself, let him set hours for it; but whatsoever is agreeable to his nature, let him take no care for any set times; for his thoughts will fly to it, of themselves; so as the spaces of other business, or studies, will suffice.
This frank declaration should suffice to make you retire within the bounds of your modesty, for no one can bind himself to do impossibilities.
There is no occasion to have recourse to that remedy, senora," said Altisidora; "for the mere thought of the cruelty with which this vagabond villain has treated me will suffice to blot him out of my memory without any other device; with your highness's leave I will retire, not to have before my eyes, I won't say his rueful countenance, but his abominable, ugly looks.
When the author came to revise the material, he found sins against taste which his zeal for righteousness could not suffice to atone for.
The lower strata of the middle class -- the small tradespeople, shopkeepers, retired tradesmen generally, the handicraftsmen and peasants -- all these sink gradually into the proletariat, partly because their diminutive capital does not suffice for the scale on which Modern Industry is carried on, and is swamped in the competition with the large capitalists, partly because their specialized skill is rendered worthless by the new methods of production.
What her thoughts were I did not know, for as yet I had learned but little of the Martian tongue; enough only to suffice for my daily needs.
You have, sir; and the acknowledgment suffices,' replied the Admiral.
There is one transcendant advantage belonging to the province of the State governments, which alone suffices to place the matter in a clear and satisfactory light, -- I mean the ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice.