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that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing:
a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
suitable; appropriate; proper:
a becoming sentiment.
any process of change.
Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.
Contemporary Examples

In his run-up speeches to this moment, Mr. Obama has been becomingly demure.
Grading the Obama Speech Christopher Buckley January 19, 2009

But their weapons are becomingly increasingly obsolete—and that has some in the U.S. Air Force spooked.
Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets Dave Majumdar December 3, 2014

Historical Examples

You walk gravely, modestly; you talk low, quiet; you carry you sad (Note 1) and becomingly.
The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt

Then the pipe of peace went round, and Oshondonto smoked it becomingly.
Northern Lights Gilbert Parker

I will ask leave to report this courtesy as an affair of state that my royal kinsman may acknowledge it becomingly.
The Prince of India, Volume I Lew. Wallace

On this the Captain-Major ordered him to be unbound, and becomingly dressed.
Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

Bessie smiled most becomingly as it was tried on, and blushed at herself in the glass.
The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax Harriet Parr

Olimpia had a colour, and flew it now most becomingly in her cheeks.
Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett

We are a poor people but we can be quiet, clean, becomingly and fittingly dressed.
The Colored Girl Beautiful E. Azalia Hackley

He seemed quite at a loss what to do or say—how most becomingly to express his indignation.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe

suitable; appropriate
any process of change
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) any change from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality

“looking well,” 1560s, from earlier sense of “fitting” (early 13c.), from present participle of become. Related: Becomingly; becomingness.


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