Meaning of “suitable” in the English Dictionary

"suitable" in British English

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uk /ˈsuː.tə.bəl/ /ˈsjuː.tə.bəl/ us /ˈsuː.t̬ə.bəl/

B1 acceptable or right for someone or something:

The film is not suitable for children.
Each room has books, toys, and games that are suitable to that particular age group.
My mother doesn't like me to wear short skirts to church - she doesn't think they're suitable.

More examples

  • The book was expurgated to make it suitable for children.
  • In the absence of more suitable candidates, we decided to offer the job to Mr Conway.
  • I was looking for a birthday present for my mother but I didn't find anything suitable.
  • It is an antiseptic cream suitable for minor skin irritations.
  • We regret that latecomers cannot be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌsuː.təˈbɪl.ə.ti/ /ˌsjuː.təˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /ˌsuː.t̬əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/


There were doubts about his suitability for the job.
the suitability of the site for development
assessments of their suitability to adopt a child
adverb uk /ˈsuː.tə.bli/ /ˈsjuː.tə.bli/ us /ˈsuː.t̬ə.bli/


a suitably qualified person

(Definition of “suitable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suitable" in American English

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us /ˈsu·t̬ə·bəl/

being right or correct for a particular situation or person:

The book is suitable as a text for a course in beginning chemistry.
The movie may not be suitable for very young children.
noun [ U ] us /ˌsu·t̬əˈbɪl··t̬i/

(Definition of “suitable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)