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Meaning of become by Wiktionary Dictionary

become


    Etymology

    From Middle English becomen, bicumen, from Old English becuman ( “to come, approach, arrive, enter, meet with, fall in with; happen, befall; befit” ), from Proto-Germanic *bikwemanan ( “to come around, come about, come across, come by” ), equivalent to be- ( “about, around” ) +‎ come. Cognate with Scots becum ( “to come, arrive, reach a destination” ), North Frisian bekommen, bykommen ( “to come by, obtain, receive” ), West Frisian bikomme ( “to come by, obtain, receive” ), Dutch bekomen ( “to come by, obtain, receive” ), German bekommen ( “to get, receive, obtain” ), Swedish bekomma ( “to receive, concern” ), Gothic ( bikwiman, “to come upon one, befall” ). Sense of "befit, suit" due to influence from Middle English cweme, icweme, see queem .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /bɪˈkʌm/, /bɪˈkʊm/
    • ( US ) IPA: /bəˈkʌm/, /bɪˈkʌm/, X-SAMPA: /b@"kVm, bI"kVm/
    • Rhymes: -ʌm
    • Hyphenation: be‧come

    Verb

    become ( third-person singular simple present becomes, present participle becoming, simple past became, or ( nonstandard ) becomed, past participle become )

    1. ( intransitive, obsolete ) To arrive, come ( to a place ). [9th-18th c.]
    2. ( copulative ) To come about; happen; come into being; arise; begin to be; turn into. [from 12th c.]
      What became of him after he was let go?
      She became a doctor when she was 25 .
      The weather will become cold after the sun goes down .
    3. ( transitive ) To look attractive on, be suitable for. [from 14th c.]
      That dress really becomes you .

    Synonyms

    See also

    • become in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • become in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

    Statistics

    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: body · point · letter · #347: become · became · second · United


Explanation of become by Wordnet Dictionary

become


    Verb
    1. enter or assume a certain state or condition

    2. come into existence

    3. What becomes has duration
    4. undergo a change or development

    5. enhance the appearance of

    6. Mourning becomes Electra


    Definition of become by GCIDE Dictionary

    become


    1. 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.

    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.

    3. Become, v. t. To suit or be suitable to; to be congruous with; to befit; to accord with, in character or circumstances; to be worthy of, or proper for; to cause to appear well; -- said of persons and things.

      It becomes me so to speak of so excellent a poet. Dryden.

      I have known persons so anxious to have their dress become them, as to convert it, at length, into their proper self, and thus actually to become the dress. Coleridge.