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verb (used without object)
  1. to be suitable or fitting.

Origin of beseem

First recorded in 1175–1225, beseem is from the Middle English word bisemen. See be-, seem
Related formsun·be·seem·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of beseem

  • And it does not beseem the wife of a Roman noble to accept new fashions in religions.


    Anatole France

  • Prithee, Jack, take no airs, for they beseem thee but very ill.

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • How would it beseem your rank to join these who shame their sex——No, no!

  • Would it beseem an honest and shamefaced maid if I called him back to me?

  • It does not beseem you, who are educated upon the king's bounty, to speak thus.

    The Empress Josephine

    Louise Muhlbach

British Dictionary definitions for beseem


  1. archaic to be suitable for; befit
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Word Origin and History for beseem

early 13c., from be- + seem (v.). Related: Beseemed; beseeming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper