befit

verb
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 Louisa Smith of Grapevine Interiors in Duxbury created a bright and happy home that is laid-back enough for a young family but pulled together enough to befit its Back Bay locale. BostonGlobe.com, "A must-see dining room with a casually sophisticated appeal," 11 Apr. 2021 In a simple White House ceremony Monday that befit the solemnity of the occasion, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden led a moment of silence. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Mourning COVID's deadly toll," 23 Feb. 2021 For years, critics have pressured governments to renovate all kinds of architecture, arguing Porto-Novo’s neglect did not befit a capital. Karim Okanla, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a capital’s Afro-Brazilian architecture, traces of a complex story," 23 Nov. 2020 Ryan’s name hasn’t been floated, but his skill set, background and ties to organized labor would befit a labor secretary nomination. cleveland, "Will anyone from Ohio get a post in Joe Biden’s Cabinet?," 15 Nov. 2020 The surroundings and research subjects befit a biologist. Quanta Magazine, "A Physicist’s Approach to Biology Brings Ecological Insights," 13 Oct. 2020 Knighten plans to pick movies that befit the outdoor setting, such as concert films and popular retro titles, as well as some new releases. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Broad Theater debuts a new outdoor venue. Its first screening? The vice-presidential debate.," 6 Oct. 2020 Jeff Bezos is on a shopping spree befitting the world’s richest man. Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "Jeff Bezos Sets Record With $165 Million Beverly Hills Home Purchase," 14 Apr. 2020 On the campaign trail, Vignarajah, 38, displays a natural charisma befitting a seasoned politician and a policy wonk’s command of detail. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Democrat Krish Vignarajah says it's time for a woman to be Maryland's governor," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of befit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Befit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/befit. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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befit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of befit

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

befit

verb
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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