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Meaning of became by Wiktionary Dictionary

became


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /bɪˈkeɪm/, SAMPA: /bI"keIm/
    • Rhymes: -eɪm

    Hyphenation: be‧came

    Verb

    became

    1. Simple past of become .

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Definition of became by GCIDE Dictionary

became


  1. Became imp. of Become.

  2. Become v. i. [imp. Became ( ); p. p. Become; p. pr. & vb. n. Becoming.] [OE. bicumen, becumen, AS. becuman to come to, to happen; akin to D. bekomen, OHG.a piquëman, Goth. biquiman to come upon, G. bekommen to get, suit. See Be-, and Come.]
    1. To pass from one state to another; to enter into some state or condition, by a change from another state, or by assuming or receiving new properties or qualities, additional matter, or a new character.

    The Lord God . . . breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen. ii. 7.

    That error now which is become my crime. Milton.

    2. To come; to get. [Obs.]

    But, madam, where is Warwick then become! Shak.

    To become of, to be the present state or place of; to be the fate of; to be the end of; to be the final or subsequent condition of.

    What is then become of so huge a multitude? Sir W. Raleigh.