Among many other meanings, a suit is a jacket and pants that match — formalwear for men. Suits are well-suited (appropriate) for some jobs and formal events, like a funeral.

A suit is also short for a lawsuit — like when you file a suit against a doctor who removed the wrong kidney. A suit is also an appeal to someone who has something you want — like money or affection. In cards, the suits are hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs. If a hat looks good on you, it suits you. In fact, you can say of just about anything you like, "That suits me." Like a well-fitting suit, when something suits you, you enjoy it and feel comfortable with it.

Definitions of suit
  1. noun
    a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color
    “they buried him in his best suit
    synonyms: suit of clothes
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    business suit
    a suit of clothes traditionally worn by businessmen
    double-breasted suit
    a suit with a double-breasted jacket
    a suit made from a fabric with very thin stripes
    single-breasted suit
    a suit having a single-breasted jacket
    slack suit
    casual dress consisting of slacks and matching jacket
    zoot suit
    a flashy suit of extreme cut
    pants suit, pantsuit
    a pair of pants and a matching jacket worn by women
    three-piece suit
    a business suit consisting of a jacket and vest and trousers
    lounge suit, two-piece, two-piece suit
    a business suit consisting of a matching jacket and skirt or trousers
    type of:
    an article of clothing
  2. noun
    (slang) a businessman dressed in a business suit
    “all the suits care about is the bottom line”
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    businessman, man of affairs
    a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
  3. noun
    a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy
    “the family brought suit against the landlord”
    synonyms: case, causa, cause, lawsuit
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    civil suit
    a lawsuit alleging violations of civil law by the defendant
    class action, class-action suit
    a lawsuit brought by a representative member of a large group of people on behalf of all members of the group
    a legal proceeding brought against someone who has sued you
    criminal suit
    a lawsuit alleging violations of criminal law by the defendant
    a hypothetical case that law students argue as an exercise
    bastardy proceeding, paternity suit
    a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined)
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    legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings
    (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
  4. noun
    a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)
    synonyms: courting, courtship, wooing
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    a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing
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    appeal, entreaty, prayer
    earnest or urgent request
  5. noun
    a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or rank
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    appeal, entreaty, prayer
    earnest or urgent request
  6. noun
    playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each set has its own symbol and color
    “a flush is five cards in the same suit
    “in bridge you must follow suit
    “what suit is trumps?”
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    major suit
    (bridge) a suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts
    minor suit
    ( bridge) a suit of inferior scoring value, either diamonds or clubs
    (card games) the suit that has been declared to rank above all other suits for the duration of the hand
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    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
  7. verb
    be agreeable or acceptable
    “This time suits me”
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    be agreeable or suitable
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  8. verb
    be agreeable or acceptable to
    “This suits my needs”
    synonyms: accommodate, fit
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    conform to, fit, meet
    satisfy a condition or restriction
  9. verb
    accord or comport with
    synonyms: befit, beseem
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  10. verb
    enhance the appearance of
    “This behavior doesn't suit you!”
    synonyms: become
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    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
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