Fit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɪt|  American pronunciation of the word fit
Brit.  |fɪt|  British pronunciation of the word fit
irregular verb:  p.t. — fitted or fit  p.p. — fitted or fit


- a display of bad temper (syn: conniption, scene, tantrum)
he had a fit
- a sudden uncontrollable attack (syn: convulsion, paroxysm)
a fit of coughing
- the manner in which something fits
I admired the fit of her coat
- a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason) (syn: burst)
a fit of housecleaning


- be agreeable or acceptable to (syn: accommodate, suit)
- be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired (syn: go)
This piece won't fit into the puzzle
- make fit
fit a dress
He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out
- insert or adjust several objects or people
Can you fit the toy into the box?
This man can't fit himself into our work environment
- be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics (syn: agree, check, correspond, gibe, jibe, match, tally)
- conform to some shape or size
How does this shirt fit?
- provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose (syn: equip, fit out, outfit)
- fill, satisfy or meet a want or need or condtion ro restriction (syn: fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy)
- make correspond or harmonize (syn: match)


- (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed (syn: set)
in no fit state to continue
fit to drop
laughing fit to burst
she was fit to scream

Extra examples

Patients are encouraged to get fit.

Are you fit enough to walk there?

The suit fits him perfectly.

I hope this key fits the lock.

The two pieces fit each other perfectly.

This calculator will fit nicely in your shirt pocket.

The two pieces fit together perfectly.

How many people can fit in a phone booth?

The box was too large to fit through the door.

I can't fit all these groceries into the trunk of my car.

We weren't able to fit the box through the door.

The gown was an excellent fit.

This Academy has for many years given an excellent fit for college.

The food here isn't fit to eat.

Those stories are not fit to be repeated.

Phrasal verbs

fit in  — go together
fit out  — provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fit
he/she/it: fits
present participle: fitting
past tense: fitted or fit
past participle: fitted or fit
singular: fit
plural: fits
comparative: fitter
superlative: fittest
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