fit - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a strong sudden physical reaction you cannot control, for example coughing or laughing
    fits of laughter:

    Everyone collapsed in fits of laughter.

    a fit of the giggles:

    Julie suddenly got a fit of the giggles.

    a coughing/sneezing fit:

    When his sneezing fit was over, Milton resumed lecturing.

    1. a.
      a sudden strong emotion that you cannot control
      a fit of rage/jealousy/panic:

      She smashed the plate in a fit of rage.

      fit of depression:

      He often suffers from fits of depression.

  2. 2
    [countable] informal an occasion when someone becomes unconscious for a short time and their body shakes
    have/suffer a fit:

    She has epilepsy and suffers frequent fits.

  3. 3
    [singular] used for saying whether something is the right size and shape for someone or something

    When buying a rucksack, it is important to get a good fit.

    You can adjust the width of the boot to get a better fit.

    a tight fit:

    The sofa will go in here but it’s a tight fit.