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became

[bih-keym]
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verb
  1. simple past tense of become.
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become

[bih-kuhm]
verb (used without object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.
  1. to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired.
  2. to come into being.
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verb (used with object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.
  1. to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you.
  2. to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.
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Idioms
  1. become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?
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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
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  • Finally his limbs straightened, and became perfectly rigid and motionless.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • He repulsed the advances of neighbors, and became what Robert called him—a miser.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He became conscious of sympathising generously with all men not thus equipped.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Percval quickly helped him into a chair, where he became limp.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Not that in his presence she became vain or petty or jealous; that would have been impossible.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson


British Dictionary definitions for became

became

verb
  1. the past tense of become
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become

verb -comes, -coming, -came or -come (mainly intr)
  1. (copula) to come to be; develop or grow intohe 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); suitthat dress becomes you
  4. (tr) to be appropriate; befitit ill becomes you to complain
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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 became

past tense of become (q.v.).

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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 became

become

In addition to the idiom beginning with become

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