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befitting

[bih-fit-ing]
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adjective
  1. suitable; proper; becoming: planned with a befitting sense of majesty.
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Origin of befitting

First recorded in 1555–65; befit + -ing2
Related formsbe·fit·ting·ly, adverbbe·fit·ting·ness, nounun·be·fit·ting, adjectivewell-be·fit·ting, adjective

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appropriate, fitting, apt, seemly.

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unsuitable, inappropriate, unbecoming.

befit

[bih-fit]
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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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 befitting

adj.

1560s, present participle adjective from befit (q.v.). Related: Befittingly.

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befit

v.

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

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