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?

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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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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Word Origin & History

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.
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Idioms & Phrases


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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Oil remains a vital raw material, but bits and bytes have become one too.
Humans are about to become a majority urban species for the first time.
The consequences for students who lack those skills have become increasingly
  clear both on campus and after graduation.
Most city skies have become virtually empty of stars.
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