1 verb
fit1 S1 W2 past tense and past participle fitted also fit American English present participle fitting


a) [intransitive,transitive not in progressive] if a piece of clothing fits you, it is the right size for your body:
His clothes did not fit him very well.
The uniform fitted her perfectly.
The jacket's fine, but the trousers don't fit.
I know this dress is going to fit you like a glove (=fit you very well).
! Use fit to say that clothes are not too big or too small. Use suit to say that clothes look attractive on someone The dress fits, but it doesn't suit me.
b) [transitive usually passive] to try a piece of clothing on someone to see if it is the right size for them, or to make sure a special piece of equipment is right for them
fit somebody for something
I'm being fitted for a new suit tomorrow.
fit somebody with something
He may need to be fitted with a hearing aid.

right size/shape

a) [intransitive and transitive] if something fits in a place, it is the right size or shape to go there:
I couldn't find a key which fitted the lock.
Most cookers are designed to fit level with your worktops.
fit in/into/under etc
The plastic cover fits neatly over the frame.
fit together
All these bits of tubing are supposed to fit together.
b) [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to put something carefully into a place that is the right size or shape for it:
She fitted the last piece into the jigsaw puzzle.

enough space

[intransitive and transitive] if something fits into a place, there is enough space for it:
I wanted to put the wardrobe behind the door, but I don't think it'll fit.
You might be able to fit some small flowering plants between the larger bushes.
fit something in/into something
I don't think we'll be able to fit any more people into the car.
We should be able to fit one more in.


[transitive] to put a piece of equipment into a place, or a new part onto a machine, so that it is ready to be used
fit something on/to etc something
I need to fit a lock on the door.
Anti-theft devices are fitted to all our cars.
be fitted with something
The windows are all fitted with security locks.

match/be suitable

[intransitive and transitive] if something fits another thing, it is similar to it or suitable for it:
The punishment should fit the crime.
Police said the car fits the description of the stolen vehicle.
Scientists often select facts to fit their theories.
He didn't fit the conventional image of a banker.
fit with
The rhythm should fit with the meaning of a poem.

fit somebody for something

formal to make someone suitable for something or able to do something:
His natural authority fitted him for a senior position.

fit the bill

to be the type of person or thing that you want:
We wanted an experienced sportscaster, and Waggoner fit the bill.

if the cap fits (,wear it)

British English, if the shoe fits (, wear it) American English spoken used to tell someone that you think a criticism of them is true:
'So you think I'm a liar.' 'Well, if the cap fits...'

➔ somebody's face doesn't fit

at face1 (20)

fit in

phrasal verb
1 if someone fits in, they are accepted by the other people in a group:
I never really fitted in at school.
fit in with
I wasn't sure if she would fit in with my friends.

fit something/somebody ↔ in

to manage to do something or see someone, even though you have a lot of other things to do [= squeeze something/somebody ↔ in]:
The doctor said he can fit me in at 4:30.
I wanted to fit in a swim before breakfast.
3 if something fits in with other things, it is similar to them or goes well with them:
I don't know quite how this new course will fit in.
fit in with
A new building must fit in with its surroundings.
You can't expect a baby to fit in with your existing routine.

fit into something

phrasal verb
1 to be part of a group or system:
Some of the patients we see do not fit neatly into any of the existing categories.
How does this fit into the company's overall marketing strategy?
2 to be accepted by the people in a group or organization:
She fitted into the team very well.

fit somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to provide a person or place with the equipment, furniture, or clothes that they need:
The office had been fitted out in style.
fit somebody/something ↔ out with
The new recruits were fitted out with uniforms and weapons.

fit together

phrasal verb
1 if something fits together or you fit it together, different pieces can be joined to make something:
Look, the tubes fit together like this.
fit something together
The pictures show you how to fit it together.
2 if a story, set of facts, set of ideas etc fit together, they make sense when considered together:
Telecom and computer businesses fit together well.

fit somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to provide a place with the furniture or equipment that it needs [= fit something ↔ out]
fit somebody/something ↔ up with
The rooms are now fitted up with electric lights.
2SC informal to make someone seem guilty of a crime when they are really not guilty:
I knew that I had been fitted up.

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