- 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
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Examples from the Web for becomingly
But their weapons are becomingly increasingly obsolete—and that has some in the U.S. Air Force spooked.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets
December 4, 2014
In his run-up speeches to this moment, Mr. Obama has been becomingly demure.Grading the Obama Speech
January 20, 2009
Her hair is done neatly, and as becomingly as possible, but securely for the day.The Etiquette of To-day
Edith B. Ordway
Olimpia had a colour, and flew it now most becomingly in her cheeks.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
We would shake our garments of the North, if only some one would tell us how to do it becomingly.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
Recovering himself, he expressed his gratitude modestly and becomingly.The Lock And Key Library
Then the pipe of peace went round, and Oshondonto smoked it becomingly.Northern Lights
- 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
Word Origin and History for becomingly
"looking well," 1560s, from earlier sense of "fitting" (early 13c.), from present participle of become. Related: Becomingly; becomingness.