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[bih-kuhm-ing] /bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing:
a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
suitable; appropriate; proper:
a becoming sentiment.
any process of change.
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
First recorded in 1555-65; become + -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
becomingly, adverb
becomingness, noun
well-becoming, adjective
1. comely. 2. fitting, meet, fit, apt, right, decorous, congruous, seemly. Unabridged
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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
  • Then the pipe of peace went round, and Oshondonto smoked it becomingly.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • I will ask leave to report this courtesy as an affair of state that my royal kinsman may acknowledge it becomingly.

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

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • Bessie smiled most becomingly as it was tried on, and blushed at herself in the glass.

  • Olimpia had a colour, and flew it now most becomingly in her cheeks.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • 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


suitable; appropriate
any process of change
(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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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