Definitions of befit

  1. accord or comport with; " This kind of behavior does not suit a young woman!"
  2. To be suitable to; to suit; to become.
  3. To be worthy of or suitable for.
  4. Befitting.
  5. Befittingly.
  6. Befitted.
  7. To fit, or be suitable to:- pr. p. befitting; pa. p. befitted.
  8. To fit; become; be suitable to.
  9. To be suitable for; be worthy of.
  10. To suit; to be suitable to; to become.
  11. To suit; to become.

Usage examples for befit

  1. And yet, no matter;- The pallid moonlight here does well befit The twilight and the gloom that shroud my soul,- Have ever shrouded all my earthly ways. – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  2. Humor is among man's highest gifts, and has done the world splendid service; but humor and humanity together make the mercy winged with brave actions, which, according to Massinger, befit a soul moulded for heaven" and destined to be " made a star there." – A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  3. Ilbrahim, seated by the side of his adopted mother, and retaining fast hold of her hand, assumed a grave and decorous demeanor, such as might befit a person of matured taste and understanding, who should find him self in a temple dedicated to some worship which he did not recognize, but felt himself bound to respect. – From-Twice-Told-Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  4. That is Hagen's counsel, that ye may so be found as doth befit your honor. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  5. Behind the garden she and a very old woman had a house already prepared, and she had her furnish it nicely with a bed, as would befit Tirant. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  6. Then the heroes brought to pass that the noble Giselher took her to wife, as did well befit a king. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  7. But these are subjects, perhaps, that would better befit another place. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  8. It has its full share of scientific, artistic, and benevolent institutions, such as befit a great European capital. – Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia by Maturin M. Ballou
  9. What suits the soldier does not befit the merchant. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. Any strong observations on it I feel sincerely would ill befit the solemnity of this scene; but I would earnestly beseech of you, my Lord,- you who preside on that bench,- when the passions and prejudices of this hour have passed away, to appeal to your own conscience, and to ask of it, was your charge as it ought to have been, impartial and indifferent between the subject and the crown? – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  11. Mr. Morton himself was a square- built man of some forty years, clean- shaven, and rather pale and stout, with strongly marked features, a good loud voice, and the pleasant, brusque manners that befit a University and public school man who has taken seriously to business. – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  12. Humfrey gave his word, resolving that he would warn Cicely to reckon henceforth on nothing on his part that did not befit a man in charge. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  13. Crying would better befit the times, I know,- Dear mother, what is this? – The Bride of Fort Edward by Delia Bacon
  14. It was first used in 1872 in a pamphlet by Oppenheim, then one of the leaders of the National Liberals, to ridicule a group of young professors of political economy who had begun to show a certain undefined sympathy with the socialist agitations of Lassalle and Von Schweitzer, and to write of the wrongs of the labouring classes and the evils of the existing industrial system with a flow of emotion which was thought to befit their years better than their position. – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  15. Then she let him hand her out, once more kissing Susan Talbot and Cis, who was weeping bitterly, and whispering to the latter, " Not over much grief, ma petite; not more than may befit ma mignonne." – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  16. The things of mortals best befit mortality. – The Extant Odes of Pindar by Pindar
  17. Then spake the noble Margrave Rudeger: " Shall any other who would gladly serve you come from this hall, let us hear the tale, and lasting peace shall well befit good friends." – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  18. When they cast them off, then did they as might the right befit – The Lay of the Cid by R. Selden Rose and Leonard Bacon
  19. This, I felt, was paid to me as being President of the republic, and I endeavoured to behave myself with such mingled humility and dignity as might befit the occasion; but I could not but feel that something was wanting to the simplicity of my ordinary life. – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  20. They wore before the stranger knights rich cloth of silk, the best that could be found, and so many a goodly robe, which well befit their ample beauty. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown