- fit1 W2S1 [fıt] v past tense and past participle fitted also fit AmE present participle fitting▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(clothes)¦2¦(right size/shape)¦3¦(enough space)¦4¦(equipment/part)¦5¦(match/be suitable)¦6 fit somebody for something7 fit the bill8 if the cap fits (,wear it)Phrasal verbsfit infit into somethingfit somebody/something<=>outfit togetherfit somebody/something<=>up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦a) [I,T not in progressive]if a piece of clothing fits you, it is the right size for your body▪ His clothes did not fit him very well .▪ The uniform fitted her perfectly .▪ The jacket's fine, but the trousers don't fit.▪ I know this dress is going to fit you like a glove (=fit you very well) .b) [T usually passive]to try a piece of clothing on someone to see if it is the right size for them, or to make sure a special piece of equipment is right for themfit sb for sth▪ I'm being fitted for a new suit tomorrow.fit sb with sth▪ He may need to be fitted with a hearing aid.2.) ¦(RIGHT SIZE/SHAPE)¦a) [I and T]if something fits in a place, it is the right size or shape to go there▪ I couldn't find a key which fitted the lock.▪ Most cookers are designed to fit level with your worktops.fit in/into/under etc▪ The plastic cover fits neatly over the frame.fit together▪ All these bits of tubing are supposed to fit together.b) [T always + adverb/preposition]to put something carefully into a place that is the right size or shape for it▪ She fitted the last piece into the jigsaw puzzle.3.) ¦(ENOUGH SPACE)¦ [I and T]if something fits into a place, there is enough space for it▪ I wanted to put the wardrobe behind the door, but I don't think it'll fit.▪ You might be able to fit some small flowering plants between the larger bushes.fit sth in/into sth▪ I don't think we'll be able to fit any more people into the car.▪ We should be able to fit one more in.4.) ¦(EQUIPMENT/PART)¦ [T]to put a piece of equipment into a place, or a new part onto a machine, so that it is ready to be usedfit sth on/to etc sth▪ I need to fit a lock on the bathroom door.▪ Anti-theft devices are fitted to all our cars.be fitted with sth▪ The windows and doors are all fitted with security locks.5.) ¦(MATCH/BE SUITABLE)¦ [I and T]if something fits another thing, it is similar to it or suitable for it▪ The punishment should fit the crime.▪ Police said the car fits the description of the stolen vehicle.▪ Scientists often select facts to fit their theories.▪ He didn't fit the conventional image of a banker.fit with▪ The rhythm should fit with the meaning of a poem.6.) fit sb for sthformal to make someone suitable for something or able to do something▪ His natural authority fitted him for a senior position.7.) fit the billto be the type of person or thing that you want▪ We wanted an experienced sportscaster, and Waggoner fit the bill.8.) if the cap fits (,wear it)BrE if the shoe fits (, wear it) AmE spokenused to tell someone that you think a criticism of them is true▪ 'So you think I'm a liar.' 'Well, if the cap fits...'→sb's face doesn't fit at ↑face1 (20)fit in phr v1.) if someone fits in, they are accepted by the other people in a group▪ I never really fitted in at school.fit in with▪ I wasn't sure if she would fit in with my friends.2.) fit sth/sb<=>into manage to do something or see someone, even though you have a lot of other things to do= ↑squeeze something/somebody<=>in▪ The doctor said he can fit me in at 4:30.▪ I wanted to fit in a swim before breakfast.3.) if something fits in with other things, it is similar to them or goes well with them▪ I don't know quite how this new course will fit in.fit in with▪ A new building must fit in with its surroundings.▪ You can't expect a baby to fit in with your existing routine.fit into [fit into sth] phr v1.) to be part of a group or system▪ Some of the patients we see do not fit neatly into any of the existing categories.▪ How does this fit into the company's overall marketing strategy?2.) to be accepted by the people in a group or organization▪ She fitted into the team very well.fit out [fit sb/sth<=>out] phr vto provide a person or place with the equipment, furniture, or clothes that they need▪ The office had been fitted out in style.fit somebody/something<=>out with▪ The new recruits were fitted out with uniforms and weapons.fit together phr v1.) if something fits together or you fit it together, different pieces can be joined to make something▪ Look, the tubes fit together like this.fit sth together▪ The pictures show you how to fit it together.2.) if a story, set of facts, set of ideas etc fit together, they make sense when considered together▪ Telecom and computer businesses fit together well.fit up [fit sb/sth<=>up] phr v1.) to provide a place with the furniture or equipment that it needs= ↑fit something<=>out fit somebody/something<=>up with▪ The rooms are now fitted up with electric lights.2.) informal to make someone seem guilty of a crime when they are really not guilty▪ I knew that I had been fitted up.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 1Use fit to say that clothes are not too big or too small. Use suit to say that clothes look attractive on someone The dress fits, but it doesn't suit me.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬fit 2fit2 W3S2 adj comparative fitter superlative fittest▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(strong)¦2¦(suitable)¦3 see/think fit (to do something)4 in a fit state (to do something)5 fit for a king6¦(attractive)¦7 fit to drop8 fit to burst9 fit to be tied▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Perhaps from FIT1]1.) ¦(STRONG)¦someone who is fit is strong and healthy, especially because they exercise regularly≠ ↑unfit▪ You must be very fit if you do so much running.▪ He was young, good-looking, and physically fit .▪ I swim twice a week to try and keep fit .fit for▪ He may not be fit for Saturday's match.fit to do sth▪ I don't know if I'll be fit enough to take part in the race.▪ Psychiatrists said he was fit to stand trial (=he was mentally healthy enough) .▪ She's over eighty now, but still as fit as a fiddle (=very fit) .fighting fit(=very fit) BrE▪ I had just come back from holiday and was fighting fit.2.) ¦(SUITABLE)¦suitable or good enough for something≠ ↑unfit fit for▪ We had to make sure the land was fit for drilling.▪ Some of the food was not fit for human consumption.▪ This book is not fit for publication!fit to do sth▪ He is not fit to govern this country!▪ This room is not fit to be seen!3.) see/think fit (to do sth)to decide that something is the best thing to do, especially when other people do not agree with you▪ The government saw fit to ignore our advice.▪ Sort out the problem in any way you think fit.4.) in a fit state (to do sth)especially BrE healthy enough or in good enough condition for something▪ I was still very shocked and in no fit state to work.▪ We'll have to make sure the house is in a fit state to receive visitors.5.) fit for a kingof very good quality▪ The meal they provided was fit for a king.6.) ¦(ATTRACTIVE)¦BrE sexually attractive7.) fit to dropBrE informal extremely tired= ↑exhausted▪ It was getting late and most of us were fit to drop.8.) fit to burstBrE informal if you are laughing, shouting etc fit to burst, you are doing it a lot▪ The girls were laughing fit to burst.9.) fit to be tiedAmE very angry, anxious, or upset▪ I was fit to be tied when she didn't come home until 2 a.m.fit 3fit3 n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(emotion)¦2¦(lose consciousness)¦3¦(laugh/cough)¦4 have/throw a fit5¦(right size)¦6¦(suitable)¦7 in/by fits and starts▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: fitt 'disagreement, opposition, fighting']1.) ¦(EMOTION)¦a time when you feel an emotion very strongly and cannot control your behaviourfit of▪ She killed him in a fit of temper.▪ He quit his job in a fit of drunken depression.2.) ¦(LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS)¦a short period of time when someone loses consciousness and cannot control their body because their brain is not working properly▪ She used to have fits as a baby.▪ people who suffer from epileptic fits3.) ¦(LAUGH/COUGH)¦a short time during which you laugh or cough a lot in a way that you cannot control▪ He had a violent coughing fit .fit of▪ The girls collapsed into a fit of the giggles.▪ We were all in fits of laughter trying to clear up the mess.▪ Carl had us all in fits (=made us laugh a lot) with his stories.4.) have/throw a fit informalto be very angry or shocked▪ If your mother finds out about this, she'll have a fit.5.) ¦(RIGHT SIZE)¦ [singular]the way in which something fits on your body or fits into a space▪ The dress was a perfect fit .▪ I managed to get everything into the suitcase, but it was a tight fit .6.) ¦(SUITABLE)¦ [singular] formalif there is a fit between two things, they are similar to each other or are suitable for each otherfit between▪ We must be sure that there's a fit between the needs of the children and the education they receive.7.) in/by fits and startsif something happens in fits and starts, it does not happen smoothly, but keeps starting and then stopping again▪ Technology advances by fits and starts.▪ He spoke in fits and starts.fit 4fit4 past tense and past participle fitted present participle fittingv [i]BrEto have a ↑seizure (=a sudden condition in which someone cannot control the movements of their body)▪ The patient was still fitting.>fitting n [U]▪ Fitting continued for more than 5 minutes.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.