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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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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But the cavernous house of worship is covered on the inside with quatrefoil window shades that send sunlight cascading across a stone altar, wooden pews and steel crucifix befitting a Catholic cathedral. Washington Post, "Iconic glass-paned church converted to Catholic cathedral," 9 July 2019 Wilsey, in a display of profound civic spiritedness, led the drive to raise $200 million privately to do what needed to be done and what the voters wouldn’t do: build a new, world-class museum befitting San Francisco, a great city. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019 Kate arrived at Warren Park for a workshop co-run by the RPS and Action for Children, another one of her patronages, in a look befitting the occasion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Summery Dress and Espadrilles to a Royal Photographic Society Workshop," 25 June 2019 Some, beginning with Ulysses S. Grant, have made a point of leaving town; others have opted for symbolic activities befitting the occasion. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump’s making DC’s 4th of July a rally to honor himself," 18 June 2019 Singer and guitarist Ohlman and her band of rockers know how to deliver twang, snarl with attitude befitting her iconic beehive. John Adamian,, "The tradition of Black-Eyed and Blues Fest: Chow down and soak up the tunes," 14 June 2019 The show’s creator/head writer Amy Sherman Palladino, wearing one of her signature massive top hats, accepted the award with a speech befitting of her show’s sharply funny and fabulously foul-mouthed protagonist. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Inside the 2019 Writer's Guild Awards, Where the Winners Surprised and Delighted," 19 Feb. 2019 Perhaps befitting the European setting, Hemsworth has more of a James Bond vibe than Men in Black’s prior agents. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Men in Black: International Forgets What Made the Original So Great," 12 June 2019 Charly Bliss shelved an early, grungy version of what would become 2017's Guppy, switched producers, and spent almost two years fine-tuning their debut, searching for a polished, streamlined sound befitting their killer melodic instincts. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019

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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

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


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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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