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(1)   Physically and mentally sound or healthy
"Felt relaxed and fit after their holiday"
"Keeps fit with diet and exercise"
(2)   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"


(3)   A sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
"A burst of applause"
"A fit of housecleaning"
(4)   The manner in which something fits
"I admired the fit of her coat"
(5)   A sudden uncontrollable attack
"A paroxysm of giggling"
"A fit of coughing"
"Convulsions of laughter"
(6)   A display of bad temper
"He had a fit"
"She threw a tantrum"
"He made a scene"


(7)   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"
(8)   Make fit
"Fit a dress"
"He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"
(9)   Make correspond or harmonize
"Match my sweater"
(10)   Provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
"The expedition was equipped with proper clothing, food, and other necessities"
(11)   Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
"The two stories don't agree in many details"
"The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"
"The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
(12)   Be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
"This piece won't fit into the puzzle"
(13)   Satisfy a condition or restriction
"Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"
(14)   Be agreeable or acceptable to
"This suits my needs"
(15)   Conform to some shape or size
"How does this shirt fit?"


  1. Of an object, to be of the right size and shape so as to match another object.
    I want to fit the drapes to the design of the room
  2. Of clothing, to be of the right size and cut.
  3. To tailor; to change to the appropriate size.
  4. To be fitting; to suit.
    • 1918, Richard Dennis Teall Hollister, Speech-making, publ. George Wahr, pg. 81:
      The speaker should be certain that his subject fits the occasion.


  1. in good shape
  2. suitable
      1. good looking, fanciable, attractive, beautiful
        I think the girl working in the office is fit.


      1. The degree to which something fits something else.
        This shirt is a bad fit.
        Since he put on weight, his jeans have been a tight fit.
      2. (Advertising) how well a particular commercial execution captures the character or values of a brand.
        The Wonder Bread advertising research results showed the “White Picket Fence” commercial had strong fit ratings.

      Usage notes

      Usually used in the singular preceded by an indefinite article and an adjective.


      1. A seizure or convulsion.
      2. A sudden and vigorous appearance of a symptom over a short period of time; as, a coughing fit
      3. A sudden outburst of emotion.
        He had a laughing fit which lasted more than ten minutes.
        She had a fit and had thrown all of his clothes out of the window.
      4. A section of a poem or ballad.
        • 1771, Samuel Johnson, "Letter to Bennet Langton, Esq. (March 20)," in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol 2:
          Dr. Percy has written a long ballad in many fits.