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become

[bih-kuhm] /bɪˈkʌm/
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
900
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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British Dictionary definitions for become of

become

/bɪˈkʌm/
verb (mainly intransitive) -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.
(transitive) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suit that dress becomes you
4.
(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 of

become

v.

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.).

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Idioms and Phrases with become of
Happen to, befall, be the fate of, as in I haven't seen Joe in a year; what has become of his book? The King James Bible has this idiom (Genesis 37:20): “We shall see what will become of his dreams.” [ Late 1500s ]
In addition to the idiom beginning with become , also see idioms beginning with get
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