fit

See also: fît, Fit, FiT, and FIT

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Possibly from the Middle English fit ‎(an adversary of equal power).

AdjectiveEdit

fit ‎(comparative fitter, superlative fittest)

  1. Suitable, proper.
    You have nothing to say about it. I'll do exactly as I see fit.
    • Bible, Job xxxiv. 18
      Is it fit to say a king, Thou art wicked?
    • 2005, Lesley Brown, Sophist, translation of original by Plato:
      The rest we'll leave to be examined later, if we think fit;
  2. Adapted to a purpose or environment.
    survival of the fittest
    • Shakespeare
      That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in.
  3. In good shape; physically well.
    You don't have to be a good climber for Kilimanjaro, but you do have to be fit.
  4. (Britain, slang) Good looking, fanciable, attractive, beautiful.
    I think the girl working in the office is fit.
    • 2004, Mike Skinner (lyrics), “Fit But You Know It”, in A Grand Don't Come for Free, performed by The Streets:
      I think you are really fit / You're fit but my gosh don't you know it.
    • 2007, Kate Nash, Paul Eppworth (lyrics), “Foundations”, in Made of Bricks, performed by Kate Nash:
      I said I'd rather be with your friends, mate, cos they are much fitter.
  5. Prepared; ready.
    • Fairfax
      So fit to shoot, she singled forth among her foes who first her quarry's strength should feel.
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Etymology 2Edit

From the adjective fit ‎(suitable).

VerbEdit

fit ‎(third-person singular simple present fits, present participle fitting, simple past and past participle fitted or fit)

  1. (transitive) To be suitable for.
    It fits the purpose.
    • 1918, Richard Dennis Teall Hollister, Speech-making, publ. George Wahr, pg. 81:
      The speaker should be certain that his subject fits the occasion.
  2. (transitive) To conform to in size and shape.
    The small shirt doesn't fit me, so I'll buy the medium size.
    If I lose a few kilos, the gorgeous wedding dress might fit me.
  3. (intransitive) To be of the right size and shape, as of clothing.
    I wanted to borrow my little sister's jeans, but they didn't fit.
  4. (transitive, with to) To make conform in size and shape.
    I want to fit the drapes to the windows.
    1. (transitive) To tailor; to change to the appropriate size.
      I had a suit fitted by the tailor.
  5. (transitive) To be in agreement with.
    These definitions fit most of the usage.
  6. (transitive) To adjust.
    The regression program fit a line to the data.
  7. (transitive) To attach, especially when requiring exact positioning or sizing.
    • 2012 May 13, Andrew Benson, “Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Williams had a problem fitting his left rear tyre and that left Alonso only 3.1secs adrift when he rejoined from his final stop three laps later.
  8. (transitive) To equip or supply.
    The chandler will fit us with provisions for a month.
  9. (transitive) To make ready.
    I'm fitting the ship for a summer sail home.
  10. (intransitive, archaic) To be seemly.
  11. To be proper or becoming.
    • Alexander Pope
      Nor fits it to prolong the feast.
  12. (intransitive) To be in harmony.
    The paint, the fabrics, the rugs all fit.
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NounEdit

fit ‎(plural fits)

  1. The degree to which something fits.
    This shirt is a bad fit.
    Since he put on weight, his jeans have been a tight fit.
  2. Conformity of elements one to another.
    It's hard to get a good fit using second-hand parts.
  3. The part of an object upon which anything fits tightly.
  4. (advertising) how well a particular commercial execution captures the character or values of a brand.
    The Wonder Bread advertising research results showed the “White Picket Fence” commercial had strong fit ratings.
  5. (statistics) goodness of fit.
Usage notesEdit

Usually used in the singular preceded by an indefinite article and an adjective.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • (advertising): The Advertising Research Handbook Charles E. Young, Ideas in Flight, Seattle, WA, April 2005

Etymology 3Edit

Unknown, possibly from Old English fitt ‎(song), or, from the sense of fitted to length.

NounEdit

fit ‎(plural fits)

  1. (archaic) A section of a poem or ballad.

ReferencesEdit

  • Oxford English Dictionary: fit, fyte n. 1

Etymology 4Edit

Unknown, possibly from Old English fitt ‎(conflict).

NounEdit

fit ‎(plural fits)

  1. (medicine, dated) A seizure or convulsion.
    My grandfather died after having a fit.
  2. (medicine) A sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom over a short period of time.
  3. A sudden outburst of emotion.
    He had a laughing fit which lasted more than ten minutes.
    She had a fit and had thrown all of his clothes out of the window.
    He threw a fit when his car broke down.
  4. A sudden burst (of an activity).
    • 2007 July 9, Ryan J. Foley, “Wisconsin city^s largest employer threatens to leave over ethanol”, in Associated Press:
      A fit of spring-cleaning led Eric Brooks to a box of old newspaper clips from 1997.
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VerbEdit

fit ‎(third-person singular simple present fits, present participle fitting, simple past and past participle fitted)

  1. (intransitive, medicine) To suffer a fit.
    • 2016, 18 May, Three dogs die and seven more ill after drinking from the same Kent lake amid contamination fears (in The Telegraph)
      A spokesman said: "It is believed they (the dogs) got into the lake and drank from it. They came out and started fitting. Shortly after that three of them died and vets are attempting to resuscitate the other one."

StatisticsEdit

Most common English words before 1923: spot · wonderful · shook · #944: fit · distribute · ordinary · forms

CatalanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fit m ‎(feminine fita, masculine plural fits, feminine plural fites)

  1. fixed (of eyes, regard, etc.)

NounEdit

fit m ‎(plural fits)

  1. target

CzechEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fit

  1. fit, healthy

Usage notesEdit

  • This adjective is indeclinable.

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fit ‎(comparative fitter, superlative fitst)

  1. fit (in good shape)

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of fit
uninflected fit
inflected fitte
comparative fitter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial fit fitter het fitst
het fitste
indefinite m./f. sing. fitte fittere fitste
n. sing. fit fitter fitste
plural fitte fittere fitste
definite fitte fittere fitste
partitive fits fitters

FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

fit

  1. third-person singular past historic of faire

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fit ‎(comparative fitter, superlative am fittesten)

  1. fit (in good shape)

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IcelandicEdit

An example of interdigital webbing on a frog.
A casting on.

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NounEdit

fit f ‎(genitive singular fitjar, nominative plural fitjar)

  1. (zoology) web, interdigital webbing, a membrane that connects the digits of an animal
  2. (knitting) a casting on, casting on

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LatinEdit

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RafsiEdit

fit

  1. rafsi of friti.

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English fit.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fit ‎(masculine fitten, feminine fit, neuter fit)

  1. fit (in good shape)

ScotsEdit

NounEdit

fit (plural fits)

  1. foot
  2. lower end (of a street, river, field etc)
  3. what (Doric)

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VerbEdit

fit ‎(third-person singular present fits, present participle fitin, past fitt, past participle fitt)

  1. to foot

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