fit

"Don't have a fit about it!" someone might snap at you. Chances are you're making a fuss and acting out, characteristics that precisely fit or match what having a fit involves. Chill out.

When something fits like a glove, it fits just right. When you put a glove on, you fit each finger into its place. The word fit can mean "matching the shape of something" or "being a good match," like two people who meet online and turn out to be a good fit for one another. But its definitions are not always so rosy. If you're really angry and find yourself throwing a tantrum, you're having a fit.

Primary Meanings of fit

1.
adjvn
meeting adequate standards for a purpose
be agreeable or acceptable to
the manner in which something fits
2.
n
a sudden uncontrollable attack
3.
adj
physically and mentally sound or healthy
Full Definitions of fit
1

adj meeting adequate standards for a purpose

“a fit subject for discussion”
“it is fit and proper that you be there”
“water fit to drink”
fit for duty”
“do as you see fit to”
Synonyms:
appropriate
suitable for a particular person, place, condition, etc.
acceptable
adequate for the purpose
suitable, suited
meant or adapted for an occasion or use
worthy
having qualities or abilities that merit recognition in some way
Antonyms:
unfit
below the required standards for a purpose
subhuman
unfit for human beings
unsuitable
not meant or adapted for a particular purpose
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adj (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed

“in no fit state to continue”
fit to drop”
“laughing fit to burst”
“she was fit to scream”
Synonyms:
primed, set
ready
completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress

v be agreeable or acceptable to

Synonyms:
accommodate, suit
Type of:
conform to, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction

v be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

Synonyms:
agree, check, correspond, gibe, jibe, match, tally
check, check out
be verified or confirmed; pass inspection
accord, agree, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
be harmonious or consistent with
Antonyms:
disaccord, disagree, discord
be different from one another
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consist
be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
look
accord in appearance with
answer
match or correspond
coincide
be the same
align
be or come into adjustment with
correlate
to bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
parallel
be parallel to
duplicate, parallel, twin
duplicate or match
square
be compatible with
bear out, corroborate, support, underpin
support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
resemble
appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to
conform to, meet
satisfy a condition or restriction
homologize
be homologous
befit, beseem, suit
accord or comport with
accord, agree, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise, harmonize
be harmonious or consistent with
pattern
form a pattern
adhere
be compatible or in accordance with
rhyme, rime
be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
coordinate
be co-ordinated
look like
bear a physical resemblance to
come to life
be lifelike, as of a painting
take after
be similar to a relative
approximate, come close
be close or similar
fill the bill, fit the bill
be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
behoove, behove
be appropriate or necessary
fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
meet the requirements or expectations of
imitate
appear like, as in behavior or appearance
echo, recall
call to mind
blend, blend in, go
blend or harmonize
accommodate, suit
be agreeable or acceptable to
assonate
correspond in vowel sounds; rhyme in assonance
Type of:
be, equal
be identical or equivalent to

v satisfy a condition or restriction

Synonyms:
conform to, meet
Types:
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coordinate
be co-ordinated
fill the bill, fit the bill
be what is needed or be good enough for what is required
behoove, behove
be appropriate or necessary
fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
meet the requirements or expectations of
accommodate, suit
be agreeable or acceptable to
answer, do, serve, suffice
be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
cover
provide for
Type of:
agree, check, correspond, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

v be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired

“This piece won't fit into the puzzle”
Synonyms:
go
blend, blend in, go
blend or harmonize
Types:
tessellate
fit together exactly, of identical shapes
joint
fit as if by joints

v conform to some shape or size

“How does this shirt fit?”
Types:
go
be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
tessellate
fit together exactly, of identical shapes
joint
fit as if by joints
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v make fit

fit a dress”
“He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out”
Types:
dovetail
fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v insert or adjust several objects or people

“Can you fit the toy into the box?”
“This man can't fit himself into our work environment”
Type of:
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

v make correspond or harmonize

Synonyms:
match
match
be equal or harmonize
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balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
complement
make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to
compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
adjust for
cancel, offset, set off
make up for
countervail, offset
compensate for or counterbalance
trim
balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces
Type of:
adjust, correct, set
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

v provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

Synonyms:
equip, fit out, outfit
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rig, set, set up
equip with sails or masts
mechanise, mechanize, motorise, motorize
equip with armed and armored motor vehicles
fuse
equip with a fuse; provide with a fuse
collar
furnish with a collar
spur
equip with spurs
fin
equip (a car) with fins
motorize
equip with a motor
motorize
equip with a motor vehicle
stock
equip with a stock
horseshoe
equip (a horse) with a horseshoe or horseshoes
turn out
outfit or equip, as with accessories
instrument
equip with instruments for measuring, recording, or controlling
muzzle
fit with a muzzle
kit, kit out, kit up
supply with a set of articles or tools
appoint
furnish
re-equip, rejig
re-equip a factory or plant
refit
fit out again
armor, armour
equip with armor
accouter, accoutre
provide with military equipment
wire
provide with electrical circuits
shaft
equip with a shaft
spar
furnish with spars
stave
furnish with staves
adorn, clothe, invest
furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors
commission
put into commission; equip for service; of ships
rewire
provide with new wiring
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

n the manner in which something fits

“I admired the fit of her coat”
Types:
hang
the way a garment hangs
Type of:
fashion, manner, modality, mode, style, way
how something is done or how it happens
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n a sudden uncontrollable attack

“a fit of coughing”
Synonyms:
convulsion, paroxysm
Type of:
attack
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

n a display of bad temper

“he had a fit
Synonyms:
conniption, scene, tantrum
Type of:
bad temper, ill temper
a persisting angry mood

n a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)

“a fit of housecleaning”
Synonyms:
burst
Types:
fits and starts
repeated bursts of activity
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior
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adj physically and mentally sound or healthy

“felt relaxed and fit after their holiday”
“keeps fit with diet and exercise”
Synonyms:
able, able-bodied
having a strong healthy body
conditioned, in condition
physically fit
healthy
having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
sound
financially secure and safe
well
in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
Antonyms:
unfit
not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition
afflicted, impaired
mentally or physically unfit
apractic, apraxic
having uncoordinated muscular movements, symptomatic of a CNS disorder
bandy, bandy-legged, bowed, bowleg, bowlegged
have legs that curve outward at the knees
broken-backed
(of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth
crippled, game, gimpy, halt, halting, lame
disabled in the feet or legs
crookback, crookbacked, gibbous, humpbacked, humped, hunchbacked, kyphotic
characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column
disabled, handicapped
incapable of functioning as a consequence of injury or illness
gammy
(British informal) sore or lame
knock-kneed
having the knees abnormally close together and the ankles wide apart
flabby, flaccid, soft
out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
spavined
(of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint
dipped, lordotic, swayback, swaybacked
having abnormal sagging of the spine (especially in horses)
maimed, mutilated
having a part of the body crippled or disabled
unhealthy
not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
unsound
not sound financially
ill, sick
affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
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