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 The Amazon founder is on a shopping spree befitting the world’s richest man. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Surpassing all previous outbreaks’—markets dip as the coronavirus toll worsens," 13 Feb. 2020 That befitted him as a peasant’s son from the mountains near Afghanistan, whose most vivid childhood memory was straining his puny body on a building site to earn enough money to clear his father’s debts. The Economist, "Nowhere and everywhere Obituary: Qassem Suleimani was assassinated on January 3rd," 9 Jan. 2020 The former Black Sabbath singer and reality show star's first solo music in a decade, featuring collaborations with Elton John, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Post Malone, is filled with lyrics befitting of his Prince of Darkness moniker. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Ozzy Osbourne's darkest 'Ordinary Man' album lyrics: Filled with regret, death, drug havoc," 21 Feb. 2020 Perhaps befitting for the end of his coaching career, Smith has been voted The Courier Journal’s Kentucky High School Football Coach of the Year. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Before he retires, Boyle County's Chuck Smith picks up one more coach of the year honor," 20 Dec. 2019 To befit the only wine in the world made from dorona, a new label is designed each year, hand-hammered by the battiloro (gold-beater) family Berta, and adhered to the bottle on the glassblowing island of Murano. Melanie Haiken, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Lost Golden Grape of Venice: How an Italian Family Resurrected its Rarest Wine," 16 Dec. 2019 Even at 86, Nelson was up to the task, with riffs and solos that felt both familiar and strange, befitting a guy who has for decades gone his own peculiar way. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Willie Nelson's Sugar Land show proves he's still going his own peculiar way," 19 Nov. 2019 The group's 300,000 members post non sequiturs, comment on each others' out-of-date memes and behave in a way befitting past generations. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Why are Gen Z and millennials calling out Boomers on TikTok? 'OK, boomer,' explained," 31 Oct. 2019 The collection was formed in the 19th century when the Torlonia began acquiring antiquities as befitting Rome’s noble families. New York Times, "A Storied Collection of Ancient Sculpture Will Finally See the Light," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of befit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Mar 2020

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“Befit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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