Beseem Be*seem", v. i. To seem; to appear; to be fitting. [Obs.] ``As beseemed best.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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  • Beseem — Be*seem , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beseemed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beseeming}.] [Pref. be + seem.] Literally: To appear or seem (well, ill, best, etc.) for (one) to do or to have. Hence: To be fit, suitable, or proper for, or worthy of; to become; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beseem — (v.) early 13c., from BE (Cf. be ) + SEEM (Cf. seem) (v.). Related: Beseemed; beseeming …   Etymology dictionary

  • beseem — [bē sēm′, bisēm′] vi. [ME bisemen: see BE & SEEM] Archaic to be suitable or appropriate (to): what appears to be the direct object of the verb (e.g., him in “it ill beseems him”) is really the indirect object …   English World dictionary

  • beseem — verb Date: 13th century intransitive verb archaic to be fitting or becoming transitive verb archaic to be suitable to ; befit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beseem — /bi seem /, Archaic. v.t. 1. to be fit for or worthy of; become: conduct that beseems a gentleman. v.i. 2. to be suitable or fitting. [1175 1225; ME bisemen. See BE , SEEM] * * * …   Universalium

  • beseem — verb /bɪˈsiːm/ a) To appear, seem, look (with some qualifying word). This inn beseems well for a weary traveller. b) To be appropriate or creditable (without qualifying word). , 1819: “Lady,” said Cedric, “this beseems not; were further pledge… …   Wiktionary

  • beseem — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Archaic. To be appropriate or suitable to: become, befit, behoove, suit. See AGREE …   English dictionary for students

  • beseem — v. a. == make to appear seemly or probable, in part. O. and N. 840 …   Oldest English Words

  • beseem — be·seem || bɪ siːm v. suit, fit …   English contemporary dictionary

  • beseem — v. a. Become, befit, behoove, be proper for, be appropriate for, be meet for …   New dictionary of synonyms

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