V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: suitable, fitting, or appropriate to
Synonyms: appropriate, apt, proper, suitable, fitting
Antonyms: unbefitting, unsuitable, improper
Tips: Befitting is one of several words with the prefix "be-" which changes the root word (fuddled) from a past tense verb to an adjective. Befuddled, beloved, and bemused are three other such words. These words all essentially mean their root word, but the root word usually serves as a past tense verb, and adding the prefix "be-" creates the adjective. The related verb befit means "to be suitable or right," so when something "fits" well, it is befitting.
It was a very elegant and opulent dinner, with a table setting that was befitting a king. (appropriate to, suitable for)
The Prime Minister was greeted by a twelve-cannon solute, befitting a leader of his stature. (suitable to, appropriate for)
As befits their Italian heritage, the meal seemed never to end and consisted of countless courses. (is appropriate to) verb
The old hotel, built in traditional log cabin style, befits the rural mountain setting. (suits, is appropriate to) verb
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