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becoming (flattering)

Definition:

displaying or setting off to best advantage

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

becomingness

Derivative:

becomingly

Comparative:

more becoming

Superlative:

most becoming

Similar to:

flattering

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • a becoming new shade of rose
  • a becoming portrait

Etymology:

Old English becuman to happen; related to Old High German biqueman to come to,...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of becoming...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

becoming | become | suitable [synonym, sense-specific] | suit [synonym, sense-specific] | befit [synonym, sense-specific] | appropriate [synonym, sense-specific] | becomingly [adverb, derived]

suitable; appropriate | any process of change | (in the philosophy of Aristotle) any change from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level ... (23 of 629 words, 7 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/becoming

Merriam-Webster:

becoming | suitable [synonym] | fitting [synonym] | applicable [synonym] | appropriate [synonym] | apt [synonym] | fit [synonym] | befitting [synonym] | felicitous [synonym] | ...

"suitable", "fitting" ; especially, attractively suitable (6 of 150 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/becoming

Wikipedia:

Becoming [disambiguation]

may refer to: Becoming (philosophy), the dynamic aspect of being, in philosophical ontology | Becoming, the condition for continued rebirth, according to Buddhism | "Becoming" (song), a 1994 song by the band Pantera | Becoming (TV series), a television... (36 of 150 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Becoming

Random House Dictionary:

becoming

that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing. | suitable; appropriate; proper. | any process of change. | ... (23 of 63 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/becoming

Oxford Dictionary:

becoming | becomingly [derived] | becomingness [derived]

[clothing] looking good on someone | suitable or appropriate (8 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/becoming

Macmillan British Dictionary:

becoming [outdated]

making you look attractive | suitable or correct for you or the situation that you are in (16 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/becoming

Wiktionary:

becoming | becomings [plural] | fit [synonym, sense-specific] | congruous [synonym, sense-specific]

Present participle of become. | [philosophy] The act or process in which something becomes. | pleasingly suitable; fit; congruous | decent, respectable (19 of 33 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/becoming

New World Dictionary:

becoming | becomingly [adverb, related]

that is suitable or appropriate; fit | suitable to the wearer | the fact of coming into existence (16 of 25 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/becoming

Cambridge Dictionary:

becoming [dated]

describes something attractive that suits the person wearing or doing it (11 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/becoming

American Heritage Dictionary:

becoming | becomingly [adverb, related] | becomingness [noun, related]

Appropriate, suitable, or proper. | Pleasing or attractive to the eye. (10 of 16 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/becoming

Encarta Dictionary:

becoming | becomingly [adverb, derived] | becomingness [noun, derived]

attractively suitable for somebody's appearance | appropriate or fitting for somebody (10 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589595​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

becoming | become

Origin: Old English becuman to happen; related to Old High German biqueman to come to, Gothic biquiman to appear suddenly

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/becoming

Online Etymology:

becoming

First use: 1560s

Origin: "looking well", from earlier sense of "be fitting" (early 13th century), from present participle of "become".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=becoming

Audio references

Wiktionary:

becoming | becomings [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "becoming"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/becoming

Collins Dictionary:

becoming | become

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "becoming"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/becoming

Macmillan British Dictionary:

becoming [outdated]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "becoming"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/becoming

Macmillan American Dictionary:

becoming [outdated]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "becoming"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/becoming

Cambridge Dictionary:

becoming [dated]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "becoming"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "becoming"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/becoming

the Free Dictionary:

becoming

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "becoming"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "becoming"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "becoming" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/becoming

Google Dictionary:

becoming | becomings [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "becoming"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=becoming

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

becoming

Audio: North American pronunciation of "becoming"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=becomi​01 word=becoming

YourDictionary Audio:

becoming

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "becoming" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/becoming

freedictionary.org:

Becoming

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Becoming" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=becoming

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