be·​fit·​ting bi-ˈfi-tiŋ How to pronounce befitting (audio)
befittingly adverb

Examples of befitting in a Sentence

many voters feel that the womanizing governor has not acted in a befitting manner for someone who serves as the state's chief executive a befitting reply to a civil question
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no more befitting name for Mrs. Westbrook, who, since being in the public gaze for nearly two decades, has been a pillar of centeredness. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 The cadence was deliberate—more befitting of an incantation than an order: one large strawberry-lemon-mint Charged Lemonade. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2023 But in the years since, Keegan has opted for a path more befitting an author whose tales often mesmerize by thwarting expectations. David Amsden, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 However, the Owls of Florida Atlantic would likely argue that the underdog narrative is more befitting for themselves. Michael Arinze, Chicago Tribune, 25 Mar. 2023 Though members of Gambell’s 1st Scouts received official letters of appreciation for their heroism in 1955, the Alaska National Guard has worked since 2015 to upgrade the commendation to something more befitting the scale of heroism at play in the rescue. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023 The lyrics in connection with the ending of the first episode felt like a befitting underlying message. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 24 Mar. 2023 For her cohosting duties, Cyrus opted for two looks befitting of the Miami vibe – one featuring a tie-around top and patchwork skirt from Spring/Summer 1993 and the second starring a sage green-and-orange one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit from Spring/Summer 2006. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 3 Jan. 2023 Those hoping for a deep, V-8 rumble may be disappointed, though, as its active exhaust emits a raspy growl more befitting a V-6 (additional V-8 sound effects overlaid with an EV-like whir are piped through the stereo speakers). Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of befitting was circa 1612

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“Befitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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