1 [predic.] of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose:the house was not fit for human habitation [with infinitive]:is the water clean and fit to drink? having the requisite qualities or skills to undertake something competently: [with infinitive]:the party was fit to govern suitable and correct according to accepted social standards:a fit subject on which to correspond [with infinitive] informal having reached such an extreme condition as to be on the point of doing the thing specified:he baited even his close companions until they were fit to kill him informal ready:well, are you fit?
2in good health, especially because of regular physical exercise:my family keep fit by walking and cycling figurativethe measures would ensure a leaner, fitter company British informal sexually attractive; good-looking: who’s this fit babe?
the particular way in which something, especially a garment or component, fits:the dress was a perfect fit the particular way in which things match:a close fit between teachers' qualifications and their teaching responsibilities Statistics the correspondence between observed data and the values expected by theory. 1be of the right shape and size for:those jeans still fit me [no object]:the shoes fitted better after being stretched
(usually be fitted for
) try clothing on (someone) in order to make or alter it to the correct size:she was about to be fitted for her costume
[no object, with adverbial of place] be of the right size, shape, or number to occupy a particular place:Fiona says we can all fit in her car 2install or fix (something) into place:they fitted smoke alarms to their home
(often be fitted with
) provide (something) with a particular component or article:most tools can be fitted with a new handle
join or cause to join together to form a whole: [no object]:their bodies fitted together perfectly [with object]:many physicists tried to fit together the various pieces of the puzzle
3be compatible or in agreement with; match:the landlord had not seen anyone fitting that description be suitable or appropriate for:the punishment should fit the crime (of an attribute, qualification, or skill) make (someone) suitable to fulfil a particular role or undertake a particular task:an MSc fits the student for a professional career