Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

fit - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective fit pronunciation in British English /fɪt/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    healthy, strong, and able to do physical exercise without getting very tired

    Running around after the kids keeps me fit.

    fit for:

    McCarthy hopes to be fit for the match on Saturday.

    fit to do something:

    You have to be reasonably fit to do this job.

    get fit:

    I need to get fit before the football season starts.

    See also fiddle2, keep fit
  2. 2
    in a good enough physical or mental condition
    fit to do something:

    The accused was declared fit to stand trial.

    not in a fit state/in no fit state:

    You are in no fit state to drive.

  3. 3
    of a good enough standard for someone or something
    fit for:

    He seems to think that typing documents is all I’m fit for.

    The house was not fit for human habitation.

    fit to do something:

    He is not fit to be a teacher.

    fit to eat/drink:

    That wine is not fit to drink.

    fit for a king/queen (=of very high quality):

    She made me a dress fit for a queen.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play