Definition of becoming in English:



  • 1(especially of clothing) flattering a person's appearance.

    ‘what a becoming dress!’
    ‘New beret? It's very becoming’
    • ‘She did always wear a becoming light blue dress that seemed to be tailor made down to the seams.’
    • ‘When Fleur remarked that Evita's hair was "very becoming worn straight and simply, she asked if I would look at pictures of her in the many ways she'd worn it."’
    flattering, fetching, attractive, lovely, pretty, handsome, stylish, elegant, chic, fashionable, comely, tasteful
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    1. 1.1Decorous.
      ‘a becoming modesty’
      • ‘This might be the reason for my hesitation: embarrassment, brought on by a becoming modesty.’


  • The process of coming to be something or of passing into a state.

    ‘a series of poem sketches in a state of becoming’
    • ‘Bergsonian and Deleuzian in inspiration, Massumi's approach to movement insists on the importance of passages and becomings over the fixed and static coordinates of positions.’
    • ‘This curious narrative is not something just different, but something that leads to the discord and dread of nonidentic becomings.’
    • ‘This tradition of thought on mimesis may be helpful for thinking about what is involved in the games encounter, and the partial becomings it facilitates.’
    • ‘Historians of philosophy have long noted that for the Hebrews words effect and make happen - they trigger becomings - while for the Greeks the word simply ‘is.’’
    • ‘This creates ‘lines of flight’; from life itself we imagine all the becomings of life, using the human power of imagination to overcome the human ’.’