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

Synonyms for becoming Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for becomingly

Contemporary Examples of becomingly

Historical Examples of becomingly

  • Her hair is done neatly, and as becomingly as possible, but securely for the day.

  • 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.

  • Then the pipe of peace went round, and Oshondonto smoked it becomingly.

    Northern Lights

    Gilbert Parker

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 Formsbecomingly, adverbbecomingness, 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.

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