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- (intransitive) To be enough or sufficient; to meet the need (of anything); to be adequate; to be good enough.
- For this plum cake, two eggs should suffice.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- To recount almighty works, / What words or tongue of seraph can suffice?
- (transitive) To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of.
- A joint of lamb sufficed even his enormous appetite.
- 1838, The Church of England quarterly review (page 203)
- Lord Brougham's salary would have sufficed more than ninety Prussian judges.
- To furnish; to supply adequately.
- Commonly used in the phrase suffice it to say.
- Mostly used in modal verb constructions, such as: Half a loaf per day will suffice. This is much more common than the direct form Half a loaf per day suffices.
be enough, sufficient, adequate
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- suffice in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- suffice in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- suffice at OneLook Dictionary Search