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suffice

[suh-fahys, -fahyz] /səˈfaɪs, -ˈfaɪz/
verb (used without object), sufficed, sufficing.
1.
to be enough or adequate, as for needs, purposes, etc.
verb (used with object), sufficed, sufficing.
2.
to be enough or adequate for; satisfy.
Origin
1275-1325
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
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  • 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

suffice

/səˈfaɪs/
verb
1.
to be adequate or satisfactory for (something)
2.
(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

suffice

v.

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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