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Definition of fit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    fit

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪt//
     
    Fit is not used in NAmE as the past participle in the passive.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fit
    BrE BrE//fɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪt//
     
    he / she / it fits
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪts//
     
    past simple fitted
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪtɪd//
     
    past participle fitted
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪtɪd//
     
    (usually North American English) past simple fit
    BrE BrE//fit//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fit//
     
    (usually North American English) past participle fit
    BrE BrE//fit//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fit//
     
    -ing form fitting
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/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 somebody 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 fix something somewhere fit something + adv./prep. They fitted a smoke alarm to the ceiling. fit something with something The rooms were all 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 fitted 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.
  9. make suitable
  10. 7[transitive] (especially British English) to make somebody/something suitable for a particular job fit somebody/something for something His experience fitted him perfectly for the job. fit somebody/something to do something His experience fitted him to do the job.
  11. see also fitted
    Word Originverb late Middle English: of unknown origin. Extra examplesIf the top of the box fits badly, the contents will spill out. PDAs are designed to fit comfortably in a jacket pocket. That chair should fit into the room easily. The haunting melody fits seamlessly within the song. The pencils fit neatly into this box. The screws fit the holes exactly. The shoes don’t fit properly. The top of the box fitted badly and some of the contents had spilled out. The waste unit is designed to fit under the sink. The words fit perfectly with the music. These two pieces of wood fit together to make the base. Your experience fits you perfectly for the job. jeans which barely fit his stout body Exploratory techniques are extremely well fitted to sociolinguistic research. His pictures don’t fit into any category. Natural selection will see to it that animals are well fitted to survive in their environment. She was well fitted to the role of tragic heroine. Something doesn’t quite fit here.Idioms
    answer/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 London yesterday.
    somebody’s face doesn’t fit
     
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    used to say that somebody will not get a particular job or position because they do not have the appearance, personality, etc. that the employer wants, even when this should not be important It doesn't matter how well qualified you are, if your face doesn't fit, you don't stand a chance.
    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 somebody The dress fits me like a glove.
    if the shoe fits (, wear it) (North American English) (British English if the cap 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
    Phrasal Verbsfit in somebodyfit infit out somebodyfit somebodyup (for something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fit