be·​fit·​ting | \ bi-ˈfi-tiŋ How to pronounce befitting (audio) , bē- \

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befittingly \ bi-​ˈfi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce befitting (audio) , bē-​ \ adverb

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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 Which is not to say the songs are all silly; befitting material written in the aftermath of World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918, a vein of melancholy asserts itself, even, by a kind of manic denial, in the high-spirited romps. New York Times, "Bringing Out the Best of Sondheim, Herman and … Schraubstader?," 3 Feb. 2021 Looking at the boomtimes ahead, the JCC is preparing to build one befitting Dubai’s luxury standards. Washington Post, "Package-tour diplomacy: Thousands of Israeli tourists flock to Dubai after peace deal," 14 Dec. 2020 But Rodgers concedes the moniker is more befitting of Stephanie. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Ron Rivera’s battle with cancer became a family affair," 25 Nov. 2020 Though whimsical on its surface, Bernstein’s score is monumental in its poignancy, something befitting such a classic film. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "40 greatest film scores of all time," 6 Sep. 2020 Just after halftime, Valeri scored a skillful, difficult goal befitting of the Timbers' all-time leading goal-scorer. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers trounce LA Galaxy 6-3, improve league-best away goals record," 7 Oct. 2020 Nestled on a busy North London high street brimming with corner stores, betting shops, and cafés, Etles’s bright-blue exterior stands in marked contrast to much of its surroundings—a differentiation befitting of its distinctive offerings. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Saving Uighur Culture From Genocide," 4 Oct. 2020 On such hallowed ground, a new star more befitting our globalized era is being born. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "One-Woman Army: Yifei Liu talks fighting her own battles in Mulan," 3 Sep. 2020 The old tag line was more befitting of chamber CEO Tom Donohue, the feisty Irishman who as recently as 2008 led the chamber in a full frontal effort to deny Barack Obama a filibuster-proof Senate majority. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Chamber of Errors," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of befitting

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Befitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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