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- (UK, US) IPA(key): /səˈfaɪs/
- (obsolete) IPA(key): /səˈfaɪz/
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- Rhymes: -aɪs
- (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.
- (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.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- Commonly used in the phrases suffice to say or suffice it to say.
- Mostly used in modal verb constructions, such as: Half a loaf per day will/should suffice. This is much more common than the direct form Half a loaf per day suffices.
be enough, sufficient, adequate
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- “suffice”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “suffice”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “suffice”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈsuf.fi.ke/, [ˈs̠ʊfːɪkɛ]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈsuf.fi.t͡ʃe/, [ˈsufːit͡ʃe]