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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for well-becoming

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 well-becoming

becoming

adj.

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

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