becoming

[bih-kuhm-ing]
adjective
1.
that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing: a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
2.
suitable; appropriate; proper: a becoming sentiment.
noun
3.
any process of change.
4.
Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.

Origin:
1555–65; become + -ing1, -ing2

becomingly, adverb
becomingness, noun
well-becoming, adjective


1. comely. 2. fitting, meet, fit, apt, right, decorous, congruous, seemly.
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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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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]

becoming (bɪˈkʌmɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  suitable; appropriate
 
n
2.  any process of change
3.  (in the philosophy of Aristotle) any change from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality
 
be'comingly
 
adv
 
be'comingness
 
n

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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.

becoming
"looking well," 1560s, from earlier sense of "be fitting" (early 13c.), from become.
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Example sentences
The home had great potential for becoming the multifunctional space they needed.
The biggest challenge is becoming familiar with the process and with the key
  pieces of equipment.
Keep plant under control to prevent it from becoming rampant.
As the industry matures, it is becoming more concentrated.
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