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verb (used with object), be·fit·ted, be·fit·ting.
  1. to be proper or appropriate for; suit; fit: His clothes befit the occasion.
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Origin of befit

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at be-, fit1
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  • Here be lilies in the cheeks, and not roses such as befit a bonny bride.

  • But, as he thought of it, there seemed to be a romance about such a step which would not befit him.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope

  • You are our paid servant, and such a remark does not befit you.

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

  • But so much worldly education does not befit a woman or improve her.

  • Should a Senator be held to have lived as did not befit a Senator, a Censor could depose him.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for befit


verb -fits, -fitting or -fitted
  1. (tr) to be appropriate to or suitable for
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Derived Formsbefitting, adjectivebefittingly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from be- + fit 1
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Word Origin and History for befit


mid-15c., from be- + fit (v.). Related: Befitted; befitting.

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