American English

Definition of fit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fit
    he / she / it fits
    past simple fitted
    -ing form fitting
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    right size/type
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be the right shape and size for someone or something I tried the dress on but it didn't fit. That jacket fits well. a close-fitting dress fit somebody/something I can't find clothes to fit me. The key doesn't fit the lock.
  2. 2[intransitive] to be of the right size, type, or number to go somewhere I'd like to have a desk in the room but it won't fit. + adv./prep. All the kids will fit in the back of the car.
  3. 3[transitive, often passive] fit somebody (for something) to put clothes on someone and make them the right size and shape I'm going to be fitted for my wedding dress today.
  4. put something somewhere
  5. 4[transitive] to put or attach something somewhere fit something + adv./prep. They fit a smoke alarm to the ceiling. fit something with something The rooms have all been fitted with smoke alarms.
  6. 5[intransitive, transitive] to put or join something in the right place fit + adv./prep. The glass fits on top of the jug to form a lid. How do these two parts fit together? fit something + adv./prep. We fit together the pieces of the puzzle.
  7. agree/match
  8. 6[intransitive, transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to agree with, match, or be suitable for something; to make something do this Something doesn't quite fit here. fit into something His pictures don't fit into any category. fit something The facts certainly fit your theory. The punishment ought to fit the crime. fit something to something We should fit the punishment to the crime. see also fitted
  9. Idioms
    answer (to)/fit a description (of somebody/something)
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    to be like a particular person or thing A child answering the description of the missing boy was found safe and well in Chicago yesterday.
    fill/fit the bill
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    to be what is needed in a particular situation or for a particular purpose On paper, several of the applicants fit the bill.
    fit (somebody) like a glove
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    to be the perfect size or shape for someone The dress fits me like a glove.
    if the shoe fits (, wear it)
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    if you feel that a remark applies to you, you should accept it and take it as a warning or criticism I didn't actually say that you were lazy, but if the shoe fits…
    Phrasal Verbsfit somebody/somethinginfit in (with somebody/something)fit somebody/somethingout/up (with something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fit