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[bih-fit-ing] /bɪˈfɪt ɪŋ/
suitable; proper; becoming:
planned with a befitting sense of majesty.
Origin of befitting
1555-65; befit + -ing2
Related forms
befittingly, adverb
befittingness, noun
unbefitting, adjective
well-befitting, adjective
appropriate, fitting, apt, seemly.
unsuitable, inappropriate, unbecoming.


[bih-fit] /bɪˈfɪt/
verb (used with object), befitted, befitting.
to be proper or appropriate for; suit; fit:
His clothes befit the occasion.
1425-75; late Middle English; see be-, fit1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for befitting


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 befitting

1560s, present participle adjective from befit (q.v.). Related: Befittingly.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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