- that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing: a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
- suitable; appropriate; proper: a becoming sentiment.
- any process of change.
- Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.
Origin of becoming
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- to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired.
- to come into being.
- to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you.
- to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.
- become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?
Origin of become
Examples from the Web for becoming
They are becoming more aware of what eating disorders are and what they look like.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Eventually, she did—more or less—reinventing herself as Nicki Minaj and becoming a platinum-selling hip-hop superstar.Nicki Minaj: High School Actress
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
December 30, 2014
When it comes to the increasing number of rape allegations leveled at Bill Cosby, the smoke is becoming impenetrable.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014
December 27, 2014
So why did the God of the Hebrew people choose such a scandalous setting for becoming human?Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
Was I becoming a ones-and-zeros, bits-and-bytes version of my mother?I’m a Digital Hoarder
December 17, 2014
It exists, and goes forward, becoming a factor in the thought-life of our time.The Conquest of Fear
It was becoming certain that their self-respect was awakened.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.The Bacillus of Beauty
There came no response, and after some moments, becoming alarmed, I called to her again.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
The fear of becoming ridiculous restrained her anger, and she paused.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
- suitable; appropriate
- any process of change
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) any change from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality
- (copula) to come to be; develop or grow intohe became a monster
- (foll by of; usually used in a question) to fall to or be the lot (of); happen (to)what became of him?
- (tr) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suitthat dress becomes you
- (tr) to be appropriate; befitit ill becomes you to complain
Word Origin and History for becoming
"looking well," 1560s, from earlier sense of "fitting" (early 13c.), from present participle of become. Related: Becomingly; becomingness.
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.).