(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. befit, accord with, behoove; turn into, change[in]to.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To come to be]
Syn. develop into, change into, resolve into, turn into, pass into, grow into, evolve into, be metamorphosed, eventually be, emerge as, turn out to be, progress toward being, come to be, get to be, be transformed into, be translated into, shift, assume the form of, assume the shape of, be reformed to, be remodeled, be transmuted, be transfigured, be reduced to, be converted to, convert, mature, increasingly grow, shift toward, incline to, melt into*; see also grow 2 .
2. [To be suitable]
Syn. enhance, set off, display, agree with, accord with, harmonize with, go with, make handsome, adorn, be appropriate, heighten, belong to, be consistent with, match, enrich, garnish, grace, befit, ornament, suit, fit, be fitting, behoove, flatter, embellish, put in the best light, reveal the charm of, augment the attraction of.
Ant. distort*, detract from, spoil.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To come to be: come, get, grow, turn (out), wax. See CHANGE. 2. To be appropriate or suitable to: befit, behoove, suit. Archaic: beseem. See AGREE. 3. To be in keeping with: befit, conform, correspond, fit1, go with, match, suit. See AGREE. 4. To look good on or with: enhance, flatter, suit. Idiom: put in the best light. See AGREE, BEAUTIFUL.

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