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becoming

[bih-kuhm-ing] /bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing:
a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
2.
suitable; appropriate; proper:
a becoming sentiment.
noun
3.
any process of change.
4.
Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.
Origin of becoming
1555-1565
1555-65; become + -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
becomingly, adverb
becomingness, noun
well-becoming, adjective
Synonyms
1. comely. 2. fitting, meet, fit, apt, right, decorous, congruous, seemly.
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  • You walk gravely, modestly; you talk low, quiet; you carry you sad (Note 1) and becomingly.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • Olimpia had a colour, and flew it now most becomingly in her cheeks.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I will ask leave to report this courtesy as an affair of state that my royal kinsman may acknowledge it becomingly.

  • Then the pipe of peace went round, and Oshondonto smoked it becomingly.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • Bessie smiled most becomingly as it was tried on, and blushed at herself in the glass.

  • On this the Captain-Major ordered him to be unbound, and becomingly dressed.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • We are a poor people but we can be quiet, clean, becomingly and fittingly dressed.

    The Colored Girl Beautiful E. Azalia Hackley
  • He seemed quite at a loss what to do or say—how most becomingly to express his indignation.

British Dictionary definitions for becomingly

becoming

/bɪˈkʌmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suitable; appropriate
noun
2.
any process of change
3.
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) any change from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality
Derived Forms
becomingly, adverb
becomingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for becomingly

becoming

adj.

"looking well," 1560s, from earlier sense of "fitting" (early 13c.), from present participle of become. Related: Becomingly; becomingness.

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