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[bih-fit] /bɪˈfɪt/
verb (used with object), befitted, befitting.
to be proper or appropriate for; suit; fit:
His clothes befit the occasion.
Origin of befit
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see be-, fit1 Unabridged
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  • Although some other people have put them apparently at odds for their own befit or out of fear.
  • Its mission is not to pack as many species as possible into the parcels of land it owns as might befit a zoo.
  • Their goal is not to pack as many species as possible into the parcels of land it manages, as might befit a zoo.
British Dictionary definitions for befit


verb -fits, -fitting, -fitted
(transitive) to be appropriate to or suitable for
Derived Forms
befitting, adjective
befittingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from be- + fit1
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Word Origin and History for befit

mid-15c., from be- + fit (v.). Related: Befitted; befitting.

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