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to be fit for or worthy of; become:
conduct that beseems a gentleman.
to be suitable or fitting.
Historical Examples

A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII Various
The Case of the Registered Letter Augusta Groner
Tales of Destiny Edmund Mitchell
Footsteps of Fate Louis Couperus
Armenian Legends and Festivals Louis A. Boettiger
A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4) Richard Baxter
The Pot of Gold Mary E. Wilkins

(archaic) to be suitable for; befit


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