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[bih-kuhm] /bɪˈkʌm/
verb (used without object), became, become, becoming.
to come, change, or grow to be (as specified):
He became tired.
to come into being.
verb (used with object), became, become, becoming.
to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on:
That gown becomes you.
to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of:
conduct that becomes an officer.
become of, to happen to; be the fate of:
What will become of him?
Origin of become
before 900; Middle English becumen, Old English becuman to come about, happen; cognate with Dutch bekomen, German bekommen, Gothic biqiman. See be-, come Unabridged
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  • He was behind me just now, as I entered, he said, and I cannot think what has become of him.

    Symposium Plato
  • Through the teaching of Moses he was to become the sole Master of the Jewish race.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • War itself had become a matter of arrangement, bargain, and diplomacy.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • But you know the old man has become a miser, and makes money his idol.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • When he gets as big as Universal Motors, he can become patriotic.

    Summer Snow Storm Adam Chase
British Dictionary definitions for become


verb (mainly intransitive) -comes, -coming, -came, -come
(copula) to come to be; develop or grow into: he became a monster
(foll by of; usually used in a question) to fall to or be the lot (of); happen (to): what became of him?
(transitive) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suit: that dress becomes you
(transitive) to be appropriate; befit: it ill becomes you to complain
Word Origin
Old English becuman to happen; related to Old High German biqueman to come to, Gothic biquiman to appear suddenly
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Word Origin and History for become

Old English becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive," from Proto-Germanic *bikweman "become" (cf. Dutch bekomen, Old High German biqueman "obtain," German bekommen, Gothic biquiman). A compound of be- and come; it drove out Old English weorðan. Meaning "to look well" is early 14c., from earlier sense of "to agree with, be fitting" (early 13c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with become


In addition to the idiom beginning with become , also see idioms beginning with get
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