became

[bih-keym]
verb
simple past tense of become.
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become

[bih-kuhm]
verb (used without object), became, become, becoming.
1.
to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired.
2.
to come into being.
verb (used with object), became, become, becoming.
3.
to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you.
4.
to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.
Idioms
5.
become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?

Origin:
before 900; Middle English becumen, Old English becuman to come about, happen; cognate with Dutch bekomen, German bekommen, Gothic biqiman. See be-, come

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became (bɪˈkeɪm)
 
vb
the past tense of become

become (bɪˈkʌm)
 
vb , -comes, -coming, -came, -come
1.  (copula) to come to be; develop or grow into: he became a monster
2.  (foll by of; usually used in a question) to fall to or be the lot (of); happen (to): what became of him?
3.  (tr) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suit: that dress becomes you
4.  (tr) to be appropriate; befit: it ill becomes you to complain
 
[Old English becuman to happen; related to Old High German biqueman to come to, Gothic biquiman to appear suddenly]

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become
O.E. becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive," from P.Gmc. *bikweman "become" (cf. Du. bekomen, Ger. bekommen, Goth. biquiman). A compound of be and come; it drove out O.E. weorðan.

became
p.t. of become (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Last year import permits suddenly became harder to obtain.
The regulatory response, though quick at first, became sluggish once
  politicians thought a crisis had been averted.
These did not seem to belong to large families, but were isolated examples, and
  so became known as sporadic groups.
His earlier mis-step was cosmological, and it was as a cosmologist that he
  became famous.
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