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UK [ˈsuːtəblɪ] / US [ˈsutəblɪ] adverb
1) in a way that is right for a particular purpose or situation

a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced teachers

The film's background music is suitably dramatic.

2) used for saying that someone reacts in the way that you expected

We all looked suitably impressed when she told us her exam results.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • suitably — 1570s, from SUITABLE (Cf. suitable) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • suitably — [[t]su͟ːtəbli[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV adj/ ed You use suitably to indicate that someone or something has the right qualities or things for a particular activity, purpose, or situation. There are problems in recruiting suitably qualified scientific… …   English dictionary

  • suitably — adverb 1 suitably dressed/prepared/equipped etc wearing the right clothes, having the right information, equipment etc for a particular situation: We were relieved that Gordon had arrived at the wedding suitably dressed. 2 suitably… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • suitably — suit|a|bly [ˈsu:təbli, ˈsju: US ˈsu: ] adv 1.) suitably dressed/prepared/equipped etc wearing the right clothes, having the right information, equipment etc for a particular situation ▪ We were relieved that Gordon had arrived at the wedding… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suitably — suit|a|bly [ sutəbli ] adverb * 1. ) in a way that is right for a particular purpose or situation: a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced teachers The movie s background music is suitably dramatic. 2. ) used for saying that someone… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • suitably — adv. Suitably is used with these adjectives: ↑abashed, ↑apologetic, ↑dramatic, ↑experienced, ↑impressed, ↑impressive, ↑qualified, ↑sombre, ↑subdued, ↑trained, ↑vague …   Collocations dictionary

  • suitably — [ˈsuːtəbli] adv 1) in a way that is right for a particular purpose or situation There is a shortage of suitably qualified and experienced teachers.[/ex] 2) used for saying that someone reacts in the way that you expected We all looked suitably… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • suitably — suitable ► ADJECTIVE ▪ right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation. DERIVATIVES suitability noun suitably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Suitably — Suitable Suit a*ble, a. Capable of suiting; fitting; accordant; proper; becoming; agreeable; adapted; as, ornaments suitable to one s station; language suitable for the subject. {Suit a*ble*ness}, n. {Suit a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Syn: Proper; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suitably — adverb see suitable …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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