become

[ bih-kuhm ]
/ bɪˈkʌm /

verb (used without object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.

to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired.
to come into being.

verb (used with object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. beckwith-wiedemann syndrome,
  2. becky,
  3. beclasp,
  4. beclomethasone,
  5. becloud,
  6. become of,
  7. becoming,
  8. becquerel,
  9. becquerel ,
  10. becquerel effect

Idioms

    become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?

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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British Dictionary definitions for become

become

/ (bɪˈkʌm) /

verb -comes, -coming, -came or -come (mainly intr)

(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 for become

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 become

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 become

become

In addition to the idiom beginning with become

  • become of

, also see idioms beginning with

  • get
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