Meaning of FIT in English


I. ˈfit noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fitt; akin to Old Saxon fittea division of a poem, Old High German fizza skein

Date: before 12th century

archaic : a division of a poem or song

II. adjective

( fit·ter ; fit·test )

Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle English fitten

Date: 14th century



(1) : adapted to an end or design : suitable by nature or by art

(2) : adapted to the environment so as to be capable of surviving

b. : acceptable from a particular viewpoint (as of competence or morality) : proper

a movie fit for the whole family


a. : put into a suitable state : made ready

get the house fit for company

b. : being in such a state as to be or seem ready to do or suffer something

fair fit to cry I was — Bryan MacMahon

laughing fit to burst

3. : sound physically and mentally : healthy

• fit·ly adverb

- fit to be tied

- fit to kill


fit , suitable , meet , proper , appropriate , fitting , apt , happy , felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action

fit for battle

suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands

clothes suitable for camping

meet suggests a just proportioning

meet payment

proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom

proper acknowledgement

appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness

an appropriate gift

fitting implies harmony of mood or tone

a fitting end

apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination

apt quotations

happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate

a happy choice of words

felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful

a felicitous phrase

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fitt strife

Date: circa 1541


a. : a sudden violent attack of a disease (as epilepsy) especially when marked by convulsions or unconsciousness : paroxysm

b. : a sudden but transient attack of a physical disturbance

2. : a sudden burst or flurry (as of activity)

cleaned the whole house in a fit of efficiency

3. : an emotional reaction (as in anger or frustration)

has a fit when I show up late

- by fits

IV. verb

( fit·ted or fit ; fit·ting )

Etymology: Middle English fitten to marshal troops, from or akin to Middle Dutch vitten to be suitable

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


a. : to be suitable for or to : harmonize with

b. archaic : to be seemly or proper for

it fit s us then to be as provident as fear may teach us — Shakespeare


a. : to conform correctly to the shape or size of

it doesn't fit me anymore


(1) : to insert or adjust until correctly in place

fit the mechanism into the box

(2) : to make or adjust to the right shape and size

fitting the jacket to the customer

(3) : to measure for determining the specifications of something to be worn by

fitted him for a new suit

c. : to make a place or room for : accommodate

3. : to be in agreement or accord with

the theory fit s all the facts


a. : to put into a condition of readiness

b. : to cause to conform to or suit something

5. : supply , equip

fitted the ship with new engines

— often used with out

6. : to adjust (a smooth curve of a specified type) to a given set of points

intransitive verb

1. archaic : to be seemly, proper, or suitable

2. : to conform to a particular shape or size ; also : to be accommodated

will we all fit into the car?

3. : to be in harmony or accord : belong — often used with in

• fit·ter noun

V. noun

Date: 1823

: the fact, condition, or manner of fitting or being fitted: as

a. : the way clothing fits the wearer

b. : the degree of closeness between surfaces in an assembly of parts

c. : goodness of fit


dialect past and past participle of fight

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.