be·​fit | \bi-ˈfit, bē-\
befitted; befitting

Definition of befit 

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for befit


beseem [archaic], do, fit [archaic], go, serve, suit

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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

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Gorsuch, befitting a jurist with a sense of personal dignity, denounced some of Trump’s excesses in this regard. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s habit of dissembling makes it hard to take his word over Ford’s," 24 Sep. 2018 The response to Cousins has been even more intense, as befits his more extreme case. Rob Mahoney,, "Facing a Harsh Free-Agency Reality, DeMarcus Cousins Embraces the Absurd," 3 July 2018 The overall mood of the novel is tender and mournful, which befits the circumstances that have brought everybody together. Mark Athitakis,, "Luis Alberto Urrea and the birth of his big new book, 'The House of Broken Angels'," 19 Apr. 2018 So Metro went with a durable — and more fireproof — carpet befitting airlines and commuter rail services. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "The story behind the carpeting in Metro’s rail cars? It stinks.," 8 Feb. 2018 The emphasis on causes can be highly partisan, befitting our Cold Civil War. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "How bubbles and risk came together to cause the panic 10 years ago," 26 June 2018 As befitting a soon-to-be duke and duchess, the hotels are both five-star estates with luxurious spas, award-winning restaurants, and in the case of Harry’s hotel views of a polo field, perfect for working off any pre-wedding jitters. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the Cliveden House Hotel for the Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018 Food trucks, beer garden and roasted corn stand now available to animal watchers And, as befitting the basketball center of the dinosaur world, the long-necked Brachiosaurus' area is filled with soaring trees and big plants. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee zoo's dinosaur exhibit comes alive with flowers, plants and one avocado tree," 6 June 2018 Alex McCarthy has signed a new contract befitting his status as Southampton's first choice goalkeeper, keeping him at the Saints for another four years., "Alex McCarthy Signs New Contract Extension Keeping Him at Southampton Until 2022," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of befit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of befit

: to be suitable to or proper for (someone or something)


be·​fit | \bi-ˈfit \
befitted; befitting

Kids Definition of befit

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

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