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

 

suffice

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪs//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suffice
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪs//
 
he / she / it suffices
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪsɪz//
 
past simple sufficed
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪst//
 
past participle sufficed
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪst//
 
past simple sufficing
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪsɪŋ//
 
past participle sufficing
BrE BrE//səˈfaɪsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈfaɪsɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (not used in the progressive tenses) to be enough for somebody/something Generally a brief note or a phone call will suffice. suffice to do something One example will suffice to illustrate the point.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French suffis-, stem of suffire, from Latin sufficere ‘put under, meet the need of’, from sub- ‘under’ + facere ‘make’.Idioms
    suffice (it) to say (that)…
     
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    used to suggest that although you could say more, what you do say will be enough to explain what you mean I won’t go into all the details. Suffice it to say that the whole event was a complete disaster.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: suffice