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


do, 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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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 Krauthammer delivered his views in a mild-mannered yet steady and almost philosophical style, befitting his background in psychiatry and detailed analysis of human behavior. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68," 21 June 2018 In the last quarter of the book, a violent crackdown in Wukan endangers his family there and turns him into a full-fledged activist in exile — finally, a position befitting his status. Leslie T. Chang, New York Times, "Hustling in Flushing: A Chinese Immigrant Couple Struggles to Decode Life in Queens," 1 June 2018 His wardrobe was English and bespoke, correct, befitting. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "Remembering Jimmy: Designer James Galanos Was a Gentleman of the Old School," 1 Nov. 2016 Ostapenko won fully half of her return points and, befitting a player not hurting for self-confidence, rose when the occasion called for it. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 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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