suitable; proper; becoming: planned with a befitting sense of majesty.

Nearby words

  1. beezer,
  2. bef,
  3. bef.,
  4. befall,
  5. befit,
  6. befittingly,
  7. beflag,
  8. beflowered,
  9. befog,
  10. befool

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



verb (used with object), be·fit·ted, be·fit·ting.

to be proper or appropriate for; suit; fit: His clothes befit the occasion.

Origin of befit

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at be-, fit1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for befitting


verb -fits, -fitting or -fitted

(tr) to be appropriate to or suitable for
Derived Formsbefitting, adjectivebefittingly, adverb

Word Origin for befit

C15: from be- + fit 1

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