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fit

verb uk   /fɪt/ (-tt-) us  

fit verb (CORRECT SIZE)

B1 [I or T] to be the right size or shape for someone or something: That jacket fits you perfectly. The dress fits like a glove (= very well). Our new sofa doesn't fit through the door. I don't think another desk will fit into this classroom. My car's too big to fit in this space.

fit verb (BE SUITABLE)

C1 [T] to be suitable for something: With her qualifications, she should fit the job perfectly. Let the punishment fit the crime. I'm sure we'll have something to fit your requirements, Madam.

fit verb (PUT IN POSITION)

B2 [T] to provide something and put it in the correct position: All the carpets we sell are fitted free. She's been fitted with an artificial leg.

fit verb (ILLNESS)

[I] UK to have a fit (= sudden attack of uncontrolled movements)

fit

adjective uk   /fɪt/ (fitter, fittest) us  

fit adjective (HEALTHY)

A2 healthy and strong, especially as a result of exercise: I jog to keep fit. You need to be very fit to hike the Inca Trail.
Opposite

fit adjective (SUITABLE)

C1 suitable for a particular purpose or activity: She's not fit for the level of responsibility she's been given.
Opposite
be in no fit state to do sth to not be able to do something because you are upset, ill, drunk, etc.: He's very upset and is in no fit state to drive. fit for human consumption safe for people to eat (not) fit for purpose Something that is fit for purpose does what it is meant to do. see/think fit C1 to consider an action or decision to be correct for the situation: Just do whatever you think fit - I'm sure you'll make the right decision. Spend the money as you see fit.

fit adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

UK slang sexually attractive: I met this really fit bloke in the pub last night.

fit

noun uk   /fɪt/ us  

fit noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a sudden attack of illness when someone cannot control their movements and becomes unconscious: an epileptic fit He had a fit at work and collapsed.

fit noun (SHORT PERIOD)

[C] a sudden, uncontrolled period of doing something or feeling something: a coughing/sneezing fit She hit him in a fit of anger.

fit noun (CORRECT SIZE)

[S] the way that something fits: These shoes are a perfect fit. The trousers were a good fit but the jacket was too small. Check the fit of the pieces before gluing them in place.
(Definition of fit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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