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Definition of "suffice" []

  • To meet present needs or requirements; be sufficient: These rations will suffice until next week. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be equal to a specified task; be capable: No words will suffice to convey my grief. (verb-intransitive)
  • To satisfy the needs or requirements of; be enough for. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "suffice" in a sentence
  • "And I do think that the use of spanking when less aggressive measures will suffice is worrisome – if a talking-to or time-out would do the trick, why HIT?"
  • "What would suffice is a gapless pathway where there all chains of development have proof-of-concept established from random variation and natural selection."
  • "Even if it's for the other Democrat nominee ... this idea that ANY republican candidate will suffice is getting ridiculous!"