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

  • adj. Appropriate, suitable, or proper.
  • adj. Pleasing or attractive to the eye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of become.
  • n. The act or process in which something becomes.
  • adj. pleasingly suitable to the particular person involved.
  • adj. decent, respectable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Appropriate or fit; congruous; suitable; graceful; befitting.
  • n. That which is becoming or appropriate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fit; suitable; congruous; proper; belonging to the character, or adapted to the circumstances: formerly sometimes followed by of.
  • Suitable to the appearance or style of; be-fitting esthetically: as, a becoming dress.
  • n. Something worn as an ornament.
  • n. That which is suitable, fit, or appropriate.
  • n. In metaphysics, the transition from non-existence into existence; an intermediate state between being and not being; a state of flux; the state of that which begins to be, but does not endure; change; development: opposed to being.

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

  • adj. according with custom or propriety
  • adj. displaying or setting off to best advantage


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