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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.
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 sufficed
  • The small sums she was allowed to keep in her purse scarcely sufficed for tips.
  • The initial spike may trigger a building's backup generators, when battery power would have sufficed.
  • What was left, however, sufficed to set the global thermostat.
  • The ongoing construction may not have been relevant to the original use of the photo, and a short disclaimer might have sufficed.
  • As an example, a simple sentence or two of clarification might have sufficed.
  • The tiny kindling of charity which came to him through his religion sufficed only to temper his disgust and change it to boredom.
  • Periodic bulletins would have sufficed for everyone except those with loved ones who worked in the building.
  • We thus reject appellant's contention that the decedent's bare intent sufficed to create a trust in these properties.
  • The number of such persons soon increased to the point that the supply of suitable government jobs no longer sufficed.
British Dictionary definitions for sufficed


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 sufficed



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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