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 for Suit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suit \Suit\ (s[=u]t), n. [OE. suite, F. suite, OF. suite,
     sieute, fr. suivre to follow, OF. sivre; perhaps influenced
     by L. secta. See Sue to follow, and cf. Sect, Suite.]
     1. The act of following or pursuing, as game; pursuit. [Obs.]
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     2. The act of suing; the process by which one endeavors to
        gain an end or an object; an attempt to attain a certain
        result; pursuit; endeavor.
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              Thenceforth the suit of earthly conquest shone.
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     3. The act of wooing in love; the solicitation of a woman in
        marriage; courtship.
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              Rebate your loves, each rival suit suspend,
              Till this funereal web my labors end. --Pope.
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     4. (Law) The attempt to gain an end by legal process; an
        action or process for the recovery of a right or claim;
        legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of
        right before any tribunal; as, a civil suit; a criminal
        suit; a suit in chancery.
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              I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino. --Shak.
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              In England the several suits, or remedial
              instruments of justice, are distinguished into three
              kinds -- actions personal, real, and mixed.
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     5. That which follows as a retinue; a company of attendants
        or followers; the assembly of persons who attend upon a
        prince, magistrate, or other person of distinction; --
        often written suite, and pronounced sw[=e]t.
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     6. Things that follow in a series or succession; the
        individual objects, collectively considered, which
        constitute a series, as of rooms, buildings, compositions,
        etc.; -- often written suite, and pronounced sw[=e]t.
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     7. A number of things used together, and generally necessary
        to be united in order to answer their purpose; a number of
        things ordinarily classed or used together; a set; as, a
        suit of curtains; a suit of armor; a suit of clothes; a
        three-piece business suit. "Two rogues in buckram suits."
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     8. (Playing Cards) One of the four sets of cards which
        constitute a pack; -- each set consisting of thirteen
        cards bearing a particular emblem, as hearts, spades,
        clubs, or diamonds; also, the members of each such suit
        held by a player in certain games, such as bridge; as,
        hearts were her long suit.
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              To deal and shuffle, to divide and sort
              Her mingled suits and sequences.      --Cowper.
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     9. Regular order; succession. [Obs.]
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              Every five and thirty years the same kind and suit
              of weather comes again.               --Bacon.
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     10. Hence: (derived from def 7) Someone who dresses in a
         business suit, as contrasted with more informal attire;
         specifically, a person, such as business executive, or
         government official, who is apt to view a situation
         formalistically, bureaucratically, or according to formal
         procedural criteria; -- used derogatively for one who is
         inflexible, esp. when a more humanistic or imaginative
         approach would be appropriate.
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     Out of suits, having no correspondence. [Obs.] --Shak.
     Suit and service (Feudal Law), the duty of feudatories to
        attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of
        peace, and in war to follow them and do military service;
        -- called also suit service. --Blackstone.
     Suit broker, one who made a trade of obtaining the suits of
        petitioners at court. [Obs.]
     Suit court (O. Eng. Law), the court in which tenants owe
        attendance to their lord.
     Suit covenant (O. Eng. Law), a covenant to sue at a certain
     Suit custom (Law), a service which is owed from time
     Suit service. (Feudal Law) See Suit and service, above.
     To bring suit. (Law)
         (a) To bring secta, followers or witnesses, to prove the
             plaintiff's demand. [Obs.]
         (b) In modern usage, to institute an action.
     To follow suit.
         (a) (Card Playing) See under Follow, v. t.
         (b) To mimic the action of another person; to perform an
             action similar to what has preceded; as, when she
             walked in, John left the room and his wife followed
     long suit
         (a) (Card Playing) the suit[8] of which a player has the
             largest number of cards in his hand; as, his long
             suit was clubs, but his partner insisted on making
             hearts trumps.. Hence: [fig.] that quality or
             capability which is a person's best asset; as, we
             could see from the mess in his room that neatness was
             not his long suit.
     strong suit same as long suit,
         (b) . "I think our strong suit is that we can score from
             both the perimeter and the post." --Bill Disbrow
             (basketball coach) 1998. "Rigid ideological
             consistency has never been a strong suit of the Whole
             Earth Catalogue." --Bruce Sterling (The Hacker
             Crackdown, 1994)
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suit \Suit\, v. i.
     To agree; to accord; to be fitted; to correspond; -- usually
     followed by with or to.
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           The place itself was suiting to his care. --Dryden.
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           Give me not an office
           That suits with me so ill.               --Addison.
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     Syn: To agree; accord; comport; tally; correspond; match;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Suit \Suit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suited; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To fit; to adapt; to make proper or suitable; as, to suit
        the action to the word. --Shak.
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     2. To be fitted to; to accord with; to become; to befit.
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              Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.
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              Raise her notes to that sublime degree
              Which suits song of piety and thee.   --Prior.
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     3. To dress; to clothe. [Obs.]
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              So went he suited to his watery tomb. --Shak.
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     4. To please; to make content; as, he is well suited with his
        place; to suit one's taste.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers
           or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color;
           "they buried him in his best suit" [syn: suit, suit of
      2: a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law
         whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family
         brought suit against the landlord" [syn: lawsuit, suit,
         case, cause, causa]
      3: (slang) a businessman dressed in a business suit; "all the
         suits care about is the bottom line"
      4: a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a
         woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief
         and intense courtship" [syn: courtship, wooing,
         courting, suit]
      5: a petition or appeal made to a person of superior status or
      6: playing card in any of four sets of 13 cards in a pack; each
         set has its own symbol and color; "a flush is five cards in
         the same suit"; "in bridge you must follow suit"; "what suit
         is trumps?"
      v 1: be agreeable or acceptable to; "This suits my needs" [syn:
           suit, accommodate, fit]
      2: be agreeable or acceptable; "This time suits me"
      3: accord or comport with; "This kind of behavior does not suit
         a young woman!" [syn: befit, suit, beseem]
      4: enhance the appearance of; "Mourning becomes Electra"; "This
         behavior doesn't suit you!" [syn: become, suit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  228 Moby Thesaurus words for "suit":
     Angelus, Ave, Ave Maria, Hail Mary, Kyrie Eleison, Paternoster,
     accommodate, accommodate with, accord, accouter, accusal,
     accusation, accusing, action, adapt, adapt to, addresses,
     adjuration, adjust, adjust to, agree with, aid prayer, allegation,
     allegement, amorous pursuit, answer, appeal, application,
     arraignment, asking, assimilate to, attune, battery, be OK,
     be guided by, beadroll, beads, become, befit, bend, benefit,
     beseechment, bib and tucker, bid, bidding prayer,
     bill of particulars, blame, block, breviary, bringing of charges,
     bringing to book, business suit, call, canvass, capacitate,
     caparison, case, casual suit, cause, cause in court, chaplet,
     charge, check, check out, chime in with, clamor, clothes, clothing,
     collect, combination, communion, complaint, comply, comply with,
     compose, condition, conform, conform to, contemplation, correct,
     correspond, costume, count, court, courting, courtship, cry,
     delation, denouncement, denunciation, devotions, discipline,
     disguise, do, do the job, double-breasted suit, dress, enable,
     enhance, ensemble, entreaty, equip, fall in with, fill the bill,
     fit, fit out, follow, frock, furnish, gallantry, garb, gear to,
     gee, go, go by, go with, grace, gratify, habit, harmonize,
     harmonize with, hit the spot, impeachment, impetration,
     implication, imploration, imploring, imprecation, imputation,
     indictment, information, innuendo, insinuation, intercession,
     invocation, invocatory plea, jibe, judicial process, jump suit,
     kit, lawsuit, laying of charges, legal action, legal case,
     legal proceedings, legal process, legal remedy, litany, litigation,
     livery, make conform, masquerade, meditation, meet, mold,
     obsecration, observe, obtestation, orison, outfit, pack, petition,
     plaint, plea, please, prayer, prayer wheel, proceeding,
     proceedings, process, prosecution, put in trim, put in tune,
     quadrate, qualify, reconcile, rectify, relate, reproach, request,
     requesting, riding habit, rig, rig out, rig up, rogation, rosary,
     rub off corners, satisfy, separates, serenade, series, serve, set,
     settle, shape, shirtwaist suit, silent prayer,
     single-breasted suit, ski suit, solicitation, soliciting,
     sports suit, square, straighten, suffice, suing, suit at law,
     suite, supplication, tailor, tailored suit, tally, tally with,
     taxing, thanks, thanksgiving, trial, tropical suit, true bill,
     tune, turn out, two-piece suit, uniform, unspoken accusation,
     veiled accusation, wooing, yield

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. Ugly and uncomfortable ?business clothing? often worn by non-hackers.
      Invariably worn with a ?tie?, a strangulation device that partially cuts
      off the blood supply to the brain. It is thought that this explains much
      about the behavior of suit-wearers. Compare droid.
      2. A person who habitually wears suits, as distinct from a techie or
      hacker. See pointy-haired, burble, management, Stupids, SNAFU
      principle, PHB, and brain-damaged.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1. Ugly and uncomfortable "business clothing" often worn by
     non-hackers.  Invariably worn with a "tie", a strangulation
     device that partially cuts off the blood supply to the brain.
     It is thought that this explains much about the behaviour of
     2. A person who habitually wears suits, as distinct from a
     techie or hacker.
     See loser, burble, management, Stupids, SNAFU
     principle, and brain-damaged.
     [{Jargon File]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SUIT. An action. The word suit in the 25th section of the judiciary act of 
  1789, applies to any proceeding in a court of justice, in which the 
  plaintiff pursues, in such court, the remedy which the law affords him. An 
  application for a prohibition is therefore a suit. 2 Pet. 449. According to 
  the code of practice of Louisiana, art. 96, a suit is a real, personal or 
  mixed demand, made before a competent judge, by which the parties pray to 
  obtain their rights, and a decision of their disputes. In that acceptation, 
  the words suit, process and cause, are in that state almost synonymous. Vide 
  Secta, and Steph. Pl. 427; 3 Bl. Com. 395; Gilb. C. P. 48; 1 Chit. Pl. 399; 
  Wood's Civ. Law, b. 4, c. p. 315; 4 Mass. 263; 18 John. 14; 4 Watts, R. 154; 
  3 Story, Const. Sec. 1719. In its most extended sense, the word suit, 
  includes not only a civil action, but also a criminal prosecution, as 
  indictment, information, and a conviction by a magistrate. Ham. N. P. 270. 

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