suf|fice [səˈfaıs] v [I not in progressive]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: suffire, from Latin sufficere 'to put under, suffice', from sub- ( SUB-) + facere 'to make, do']
1.) formal to be enough
A light lunch will suffice .
suffice for
A few brief observations will suffice for present purposes.
suffice to do sth
A few more statistics will suffice to show the trends of the time.
2.) suffice (it) to say (that)
used to say that the statement that follows is enough to explain what you mean, even though you could say more
Suffice it to say that they're having marital problems.

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  • suffice — early 14c., from stem of O.Fr. souffire be sufficient, from L. sufficere supply, suffice, from sub up to (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Phrase suffice it to say (late 14c.) is a rare surviving… …   Etymology dictionary

  • suffice — ► VERB 1) be enough or adequate. 2) meet the needs of. ● suffice (it) to say Cf. ↑suffice to say ORIGIN Latin sufficere put under, meet the need of …   English terms dictionary

  • Suffice — Suf*fice , v. t. 1. To satisfy; to content; to be equal to the wants or demands of. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter. Deut. iii. 26. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish; to supply adequately. [Obs.] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffice — [sə fīs′, səfīz′] vi. sufficed, sufficing [ME sufficen < stem of OFr soufire < L sufficere, to provide, suffice < sub ,SUB + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to be enough; be sufficient or adequate 2. Obs. to be competent or able vt …   English World dictionary

  • suffice — index avail (bring about), bear (tolerate), fulfill, satisfy (fulfill) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • suffice — [v] be adequate, enough answer, avail, be good enough, be sufficient, be the ticket*, content, do, do the trick*, fill the bill*, get by, go over big*, hack it*, hit the spot*, make a hit*, make the grade*, meet, meet requirement, satisfy, serve …   New thesaurus

  • suffice — UK [səˈfaɪs] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms suffice : present tense I/you/we/they suffice he/she/it suffices present participle sufficing past tense sufficed past participle sufficed formal to be enough I m not sending a gift – I think a… …   English dictionary

  • suffice — v. 1) (D; intr.) to suffice for (my salary suffices for our basic needs) 2) (E) it should suffice to cite her previous accomplishments; my salary suffices to meet our basic needs 3) (misc.) suffice it to say that we will do our duty * * * [sə… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • suffice — [[t]səfa͟ɪs[/t]] suffices, sufficing, sufficed 1) VERB: no cont If you say that something will suffice, you mean it will be enough to achieve a purpose or to fulfil a need. [FORMAL] A cover letter should never exceed one page; often a far shorter …   English dictionary

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