Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be suitable to or appropriate for: formal attire that befits the occasion.

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  • v. to be fit for

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To be suitable to; to suit; to become.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To suit; be suitable to; become.
  • To fit; furnish with something fit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. accord or comport with

Etymologies

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Examples

  • After announcing his retirement, he asked fans to give him a nickname that befit his retirement.

    SI.com

  • Bravo to Man united players for having done a very impressive task. keep it please the befit will be your

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • Browne flew me to Miami, had me meet with everyone and made me an offer I honestly couldn't refuse -- which kind of befit his status as an intimidating Godfather within the NBC power structure.

    Chez Pazienza: NBC and Zucker: The Downward Spiral

  • Answered Kamar al-Zaman, “O King, verily this favour, if there be no reason for it, is indeed a wonder of wonders, more by token that thou hast advanced me to dignities such as befit men of age and experience, albeit I am as it were a young child.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Amongst others the King of Hind heard of me and sent to my father to invite me to his court, with offerings and presents and rarities such as befit royalties.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then she bade bring food and there came four damsels, high-bosomed girls and virginal, who set before us food and fruits and confections and flowers and wine, such as befit none save kings.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then came forward the Persian sage and, prostrating himself before the King, presented him with a horse5 of the blackest ebony-wood inlaid with gold and jewels, and ready harnessed with saddle, bridle and stirrups such as befit Kings; which when Sabur saw, he marvelled with exceeding marvel and was confounded at the beauty of its form and the ingenuity of its fashion.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But I'll take care henceforward to use such as befit the dignity of my office; for 'in

    Don Quixote

  • All that can be observed -- the individual picture, scene, character -- Daudet will render with wonderful accuracy, and all his novels, especially those written after 1870, show an increasing firmness of touch, limpidity of style, and wise simplicity in the use of the sources of pathetic emotion, such as befit the cautious Naturalist.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Then the Sultan commanded that the banquet should be served, and the eunuchs and memluks hastened to lay the tables, which were such as befit Kings.

    Appendix. The Story of ‘Ala-ed-Din and the Wonderful Lamp: Paras. 50-74.

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