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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Image Sentiment, though, is scarce, befitting the flinty style of Mr. Hersh, who has a knack for cycling through employers and exhausting his editors. New York Times, "I, Sy: Seymour Hersh’s Memoir of a Life Making the Mighty Sweat," 3 June 2018 In 1955, when Cocteau was elected to the prestigious Académie Française, the two arrived at the ceremony in costumes that would have befitted any of Cocteau’s films. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 In several photos, including a formal portrait with their hosts in Pyongyang, Clinton and his aides kept their game faces on -- looking serious and determined, befitting the tone of the mission, according to a person familiar with the trip. The Washington Post,, "Has North Korea already trumped the U.S. in the propaganda war?," 2 June 2018 And befitting a mega-selling singer who has won 15 Grammys (out of 18 nominations), the quality quotient is pretty high. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Every Adele Song Ranked: Critic's Picks," 4 May 2018 In all these instances, the material in question is handled with sensitivity and delicacy befitting films unabashed about their intent to speak directly to youth audiences. Charles Bramesco, Vox, "Eighth Grade’s R rating deters actual 8th graders from seeing it. What a shame.," 18 July 2018 Artango specializes in malbecs and Prohibition-era cocktails — befitting of the space's 1920s Buenos Aires aura. Griffin Jackson,, "Have global tastes but want a hometown feel? Consider Lincoln Square living," 24 Aug. 2017 Pushkin is no more willing to listen to his terrified wife, Natalya ( Jenny Leona ), who begs him to walk away from the edge of disaster and behave with the prudence befitting a husband and father. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Pushkin: A Life Played Out’ Review: The Poet and the Pistol," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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 \
befitted; befitting

Kids Definition of befit

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

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