be·​fit bi-ˈfit How to pronounce befit (audio)
befitted; befitting

transitive verb

: to be proper or becoming to
clothing that befits the occasion

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of befit was in the 15th century

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“Befit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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be·​fit bi-ˈfit How to pronounce befit (audio)
befitted; befitting
: to be suitable to or proper for
clothes befitting the occasion

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