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becoming

[ bih-kuhm-ing ]
/ bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ /
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adjective

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.

noun

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.

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Origin of becoming

First recorded in 1555–65; become + -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM becoming

be·com·ing·ly, adverbbe·com·ing·ness, nounwell-be·com·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for becoming

becoming
/ (bɪˈkʌmɪŋ) /

adjective

suitable; appropriate

noun

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 of becoming

becomingly, adverbbecomingness, noun
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