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verb     fit pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefitting
past tensefit or fitted
past participlefit or fitted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] [never progressive] if someone or something fits somewhere, they are small enough or the right size and shape to go there

    I don’t think that box will fit.

    fit in/into/on etc.:

    The book is small enough to fit in your pocket.

    I redesigned the chart so that it fit onto one page.

    The cover fits neatly over the pipe.

    Can we all fit around the table?

    1. a.
      [transitive] [never progressive] if you can fit a person or thing somewhere, there is enough space for you to put them there

      I couldn’t fit my head through the gap.

      fit something into/onto/over something:

      She can fit two more people into her car.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] [never progressive] if clothes fit, they are the right size for you

    It is important that children’s shoes fit correctly.

    I like the suit, but the jacket doesn’t fit me.

    fit (someone) like a glove (=fit extremely well):

    The dress fit her like a glove.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] [never progressive] to be suitable or similar enough to belong to a group
    fit into:

    His writing did not fit into any traditional literary category.

    fit with:

    Their policies do not fit with the ideal of democratic government.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to put something in a particular place or group because it belongs there
      fit something into/with something:

      You can’t fit all types of human behavior into a clear pattern.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] [never progressive] to be the truth, or to be the same as what someone describes or asks for

    Something in her story did not fit.

    None of the candidates fits our criteria.

    fit the description of:

    He fits the description of a man seen running away from the scene.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] [never progressive] to be appropriate or right for something

    We need a name that fits our image.

    fit with:

    A dark wooden table wouldn’t fit with the decoration in here.

  6. 6
    [transitive] [usually passive] to measure a person and then provide the correct size of clothing or piece of equipment. In this meaning, fitted is the past tense and past participle

    When you buy a new suit, you should be professionally fitted.

    fit someone for something:

    All the bridesmaids are being fitted for their dresses on Saturday.

    fit someone with something:

    Mr. Clayton was fitted with a hearing aid.

  7. 7
    [transitive] [usually passive] to add a piece of equipment to something else. In this meaning, fitted is the past tense and past participle
    fit something with something:

    Some cars are fitted with hand controls for people with physical disabilities.

    fit something to/onto something:

    You can fit a bike rack to the rear of your car.

  8. 8
    [transitive] British formal to provide someone with the qualifications or qualities that they need for a job or a particular purpose
    fit someone/something for something:

    Everything in his background fitted him for a diplomatic career.

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