be·​fit | \ bi-ˈfit How to pronounce befit (audio) , bē- \
befitted; befitting

Definition of befit

transitive verb

: to be proper or becoming to clothing that befits the occasion

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Examples of befit in a Sentence

She has a mind for serious inquiry, as befits a scientist. spoke politely of the deceased, as befitted the occasion
Recent Examples on the Web Michael, though, not only lived up to his highest standard but showed a poise and maturity that truly befit the occasion. Marissa Charles,, 17 June 2022 But even by the festival’s own standards, Cruise received the sort of rapturous reception that could only befit one of Hollywood’s most successful and globally renowned stars. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 An Army veteran and lawyer before reaching Congress in 1969, Mr. Koch pushed progressive social policies that befit his job representing one of New York’s bluest enclaves. New York Times, 7 May 2022 Instead, it was elevated to befit the glamour of Tinseltown’s biggest night out. Vogue, 27 Mar. 2022 All things being equal, the common good allows mediating institutions to cooperate toward the advancement of a just society by experiencing the excellencies that befit their existence. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, 28 Feb. 2022 As far as Halo lore is concerned, this trailer makes a few massive changes that befit a new, parallel timeline. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 The flow of energy, the establishment of tension and its subsequent release, through the seven movements of this nearly hour-long musical suite would equally befit a jazz club or a church-revival tent. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2022 But although American enthusiasts have been importing games from Japan for decades, the process is a quest multi-tiered enough to befit a Final Fantasy NPC. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of befit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Befit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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be·​fit | \ bi-ˈfit How to pronounce befit (audio) \
befitted; befitting

Kids Definition of befit

: to be suitable to or proper for Wear clothes befitting the occasion.

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