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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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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Tauchman advanced to third on Barnes' error.(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) Kershaw’s performance befitted baseball in 2019. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers lose series finale to opportunistic Yankees in duel of MLB goliaths," 25 Aug. 2019 Still, the argument that BTS deserves to be nominated in the major categories, as befitting other major artists of the year, is a compelling one. Aja Romano, Vox, "MTV added a K-pop award to the VMAs. BTS fans think it’s a way of excluding the band.," 24 July 2019 In a tone befitting a trailer for a horror film, the narrator falsely claims that Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s Muslim president, is plotting to kill Christians. The Economist, "How WhatsApp is used and misused in Africa," 18 July 2019 But the cavernous house of worship is covered on the inside with quatrefoil window shades that send sunlight cascading across a stone altar, wooden pews and steel crucifix befitting a Catholic cathedral. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 Mark Melancon has contributed some but owns a ghastly WHIP (1.63) and has surrendered too many big hits to consider a role befitting his salary. Henry Schulman,, "Giants midseason analysis: Farm system trending up, core struggling," 11 July 2019 To protect them, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has strict security protocols befitting a heist film. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "NASA Worries its Moon Rocks Will Moonwalk Away," 21 June 2019 After all, what words could possibly befit a woman who weaved magic with hers? Regina Robertson, Essence, "Remembering The Magic Of Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 2019 Del Mar review The feature on Sunday was certainly befitting a race where the winner got a free pass into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Favorite stewards’ ruling of the year," 29 July 2019

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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 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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