7 Ways to use Fit - Word of the Week

Fit is a lovely word to learn because you can use it for lots of different things. Here are four ways to use fit across the English speaking world, and three slang uses that you can use in some areas!

If you're looking for a general definition that works for everything, you could say that fit means "what you would like something to be", as in, something that is in its ideal state. There are a couple of exceptions,  but generally that covers all of the below.

1. Fit and healthy

If you have no medical complaints and there is nothing physically wrong with you, then you would be described as fit. Your fitness is a general measure of how physically capable you are.

You would say that someone who goes to the gym on a regular basis is trying to stay fit, or get fit.

Going to the gym or doing lots of exercise are ways of keeping fit.
Going to the gym or doing lots of exercise are ways of keeping fit.

2. Will it fit?

If an object fits, it means that it is the right size and shape for what it is intended. Take, for example, clothing – if a piece of clothing fits, it means it is not too big or too small.

If you are trying on clothes in a shop, you will also normally do this in a fitting room.

3. To fit a device

To fit something can also mean to install something or put it in place. A mechanic might say that they have fitted something important to the engine of your car, or you might fit a smoke detector to your house so you can tell when someone is cooking toast.

4. Having a fit

A fit is also a term used when someone starts acting erratically. This can sometimes be used as a colloquial way to describe a seizure, like an epileptic fit, or it can be used to describe someone getting incredibly angry, for example the expression “flying into a fit of rage”.

Be careful however - if you use the term "having a fit" to describe someone actually suffering from a medical seizure, people can get offended by this.

5. Fit for purpose (slang)

Something being fit for purpose is a bit like a person being fit and healthy, but it is more likely to be applied to an object rather than a person.

We had a little debate earlier as to whether this is actually slang or not and where it comes from. Why not find out and let us know in the comments?

6. To fit in (slang)

If you fit in with a crowd of people, it means you are similar or all get on well. For context, when you're at school, your first few days might be spent trying to fit in with your other classmates.

7. That person is very fit (slang)

In some parts of the English speaking world, the word fit can mean physically attractive. If you comment that someone is very fit, be careful: you might have just commented that they seem to be able to run long distances without running out of breath, but you might have also inadvertently said you think they are good-looking.


That’s it for another versatile three letter word you might hear used in different contexts! If you want more versatile three letter words, why not check out our post about the definition of get?

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