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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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Examples from the web for suffice
  • suffice it to say that the conveyor belt continues to work today.
  • On these slow-going wave trains, minimal paddling prowess will suffice.
  • In this day and age, a simple solvent will suffice to turn homely vegetation into a source of precious metals.
  • Depending on the type of floors and the need for a deep or surface clean, plain hot water will nearly always suffice.
  • There is not enough space here to describe but suffice it to say she has possession aggression and handling aggression issues.
  • The attorney, who has my sympathy, wants that to suffice as an explanation for the inexplicable.
  • As in, falling back to bio-energy when other renewables don't suffice.
  • suffice to say that physics must be placed on acceptable mathematical framework.
  • Such decisions take many variables into account, but suffice it to say that medicine is often equal parts science and art.
  • Because they were designed as solid-fuel, the rockets were so large that no other method of transportation would suffice.
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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