Vocabulary - to suffice

This verb is of vital importance to give our English a tone of sophistication.

Meaning 1: be enough or adequate.


a quick look should suffice
two examples should suffice to prove the contention


I think a diet rich in fruit and veg should suffice to obtain enough of these nutrients.
The time you have spent in prison suffices as punishment enough.
The medical reports from Clinton’s and Trump’s personal physicians do not suffice.
A real-world example suffices to illustrate why I believe this is of vital importance today.

Notice: instead of saying that something is important, say that it is of vital importance - another tone of sophistication. :)

Meaning 2: meet the needs of; requires an object. 


The town had few amenities but they sufficed the local population.
At first, a stepladder sufficed us, but soon an aluminium extension ladder was required for the higher fruit picking.

Phrases: suffice (it) to say

Used to indicate that one is saying enough to make one's meaning clear while withholding something for reasons of discretion or brevity.
Suffice (it) to say that they were not considered suitable for this project.
Suffice to say, when a bunch of people get together with fast cars, sometimes they want to find out whose is fastest.

Examples from the press:

I’m not certain it suffices for the magnitude of the moment.
New York Times, Sep 5, 2016

Smartphone or inexpensive Bluetooth speakers may suffice in some cases, but there are gadgets that cost a bit more that can make listening much richer.
Seattle Times, Aug 26, 2016

The only thing that will suffice, is to include us in the constitution.
The Guardian, Sep 7, 2016


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