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[suh-fahys, -fahyz] /səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz/
verb (used without object), sufficed, sufficing.
to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc.
verb (used with object), sufficed, sufficing.
to be enough or adequate for; satisfy.
Origin of suffice
1275-1325; Middle English sufficen < Latin sufficere to supply, suffice, equivalent to suf- suf- + -ficere, combining form of facere to make, do1; replacing Middle English suffisen < Old French < Latin, as above
Related forms
unsufficing, adjective Unabridged
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  • suffice it, then, that Heloise lived with her uncle the howitzer and was happy.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "Certes, Stephen Hapgood, his wisdom doth not suffice," cried the other.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Of our Georgian poetry, it must suffice to note that here, too, the temper of adventure in form is rife.

  • suffice it to record the fact that these relics are admittedly pre-Christian.

    The Non-Christian Cross John Denham Parsons
  • suffice it to say that in three months I had the lake drawn off, so as to expose a very large margin of the late bottom.

    Perseverance Island Douglas Frazar
British Dictionary definitions for suffice


to be adequate or satisfactory for (something)
(takes a clause as object) suffice it to say that, let us say no more than that; I shall just say that
Derived Forms
sufficer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French suffire, from Latin sufficere from sub- below + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for suffice

early 14c., from stem of Old French souffire "be sufficient," from Latin sufficere "supply, suffice," from sub "up to" (see sub-) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Phrase suffice it to say (late 14c.) is a rare surviving subjunctive.

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