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[bih-kuhm-ing] /bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
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
1555-1565
1555-65; become + -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
becomingly, adverb
becomingness, noun
well-becoming, adjective
Synonyms
1. comely. 2. fitting, meet, fit, apt, right, decorous, congruous, seemly.

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
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 becoming

becoming

/bɪˈkʌmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
suitable; appropriate
noun
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
Derived Forms
becomingly, adverb
becomingness, noun

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 becoming
adj.

"looking well," 1560s, from earlier sense of "fitting" (early 13c.), from present participle of become. Related: Becomingly; becomingness.

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 becoming

become

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