becoming

[ bih-kuhm-ing ]
/ bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ /

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

Related formsbe·com·ing·ly, adverbbe·com·ing·ness, nounwell-be·com·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for becomingly

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 Formsbecomingly, adverbbecomingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for becomingly

becoming

adj.

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

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