fitting

Something fitting is perfectly appropriate or proper — it's just right. When someone finds your beloved lost turtle, it's fitting to offer them a reward, or at least a sincere thanks.

If your cousin loves ponies, a pony theme is a fitting choice for his birthday party. As a noun, fitting has a completely different meaning. A clothing fitting is the process of trying on an outfit to see how it fits. A hardware or plumbing fitting is one small piece that fits into a bigger system. The thing all of these definitions have in common is the root word fit.

Definitions of fitting
  1. adjective
    in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion
    “We have come to dedicate a portion of that field...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this”
    Synonyms:
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
  2. adjective
    being precisely fitting and right
    synonyms: meet
    just
    used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
  3. noun
    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
    synonyms: accommodation, adjustment
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    readjustment
    the act of adjusting again (to changed circumstances)
    domestication
    accommodation to domestic life
    habituation
    a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions
    shakedown
    initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
    type of:
    advance, betterment, improvement
    a change for the better; progress in development
  4. noun
    putting clothes on to see whether they fit
    synonyms: try-on, trying on
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    run, test, trial
    the act of testing something
  5. noun
    a small and often standardized accessory to a larger system
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    gas fitting
    the fitting (pipes or valves or meters) that convey gas from the gas main to the gas fixtures of a building
    pipe fitting, pipefitting
    fitting consisting of threaded pieces of pipe for joining pipes together
    receptacle
    an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
    outlet box
    (electricity) receptacle consisting of the metal box designed for connections to a wiring system
    reducer
    pipefitting that joins two pipes of different diameter
    expansion slot, slot
    (computer) a socket in a microcomputer that will accept a plug-in circuit board
    socket
    a receptacle into which an electric device can be inserted
    electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, outlet, wall plug, wall socket
    receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices
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    accessory, add-on, appurtenance, supplement
    a supplementary component that improves capability
  6. noun
    (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
    synonyms: appointment
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    furnishing
    (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
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