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become

[bih-kuhm]
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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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Related Words for becomes

come, convert, incline, shift, metamorphose, mature, wax, accord, augment, fit, display, flatter, enrich, ornament, embellish, agree, suit, harmonize, garnish, heighten

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Historical Examples of becomes

  • 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.

  • Otherwise the chance of over-shooting--always great--becomes prohibitive.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for becomes

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 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 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with becomes

become

In addition to the idiom beginning with become

  • become of

, also see idioms beginning with

  • get
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