To suffice is to be enough, in either quality or quantity. It may not be gourmet all the time, but if your food is healthy, it will suffice.

The word suffice comes from a combination of the Latin words sub ("under") and facere ("make") that together mean "meet the need of." This need is usually the bare minimum — no leftovers, nothing fancy. The common phrase "Suffice it to say" means "I'll just say" or "All that needs to be said is...."

Definitions of suffice

v be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity

“A 'B' grade doesn't suffice to get me into medical school”
answer, do, serve
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bridge over, keep going, tide over
suffice for a period between two points
go a long way
suffice or be adequate for a while or to a certain extent
function, serve
serve a purpose, role, or function
measure up, qualify
prove capable or fit; meet requirements
go around
be sufficient
serve as a prelude or opening to
act as
function as or act like
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fulfil, fulfill, live up to, satisfy
meet the requirements or expectations of

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