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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 of become
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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  • Perhaps it is in this last that it becomes our most pernicious enemy.

  • It now becomes my aim today to lay siege to this town and capture it.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • Clerk or no, you have acted this day as becomes a true knight.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The messenger, too, who lends himself to her humour now becomes a proper man.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Otherwise the chance of over-shooting--always great--becomes prohibitive.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for becomes

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 becomes

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 becomes

become

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