A caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
- An example of to become is for a caterpillar to change into a butterfly.
- An example of to become is for a gown to flatter a woman, as in the gown becomes her.
intransitive verb-·came′, -·come′, -·com′ing
- to come to be: to become ill
- to grow to be; change or develop into by growth: the tadpole becomes a frog
Origin of becomeMiddle English bicumen from Old English becuman: see be- and come
- to befit; suit: modesty becomes her
- to be right for or suitable to in appearance: that hat becomes you
verbbe·came, be·come, be·com·ing, be·comes
- To be appropriate or suitable to: “It would not become me … to interfere with parties” ( Jonathan Swift )
- To show to advantage; look good with: The new suit becomes you.
Origin of becomeMiddle English bicomen from Old English becuman ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present becomes, present participle becoming, simple past became or (nonstandard) becomed, past participle become)
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
- But, madam, where is Warwick then become?
- (copulative) To come about; happen; come into being; arise; begin to be; turn into. [from 12th c.]
- To be proper for; to befit. [from 13th c.]
- Of an adornment, piece of clothing etc.: to look attractive on (someone). [from 14th c.]
- That dress really becomes you.
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 *bikwemaną (“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 [script?] (bikwiman, “to come upon one, befall”). Sense of "befit, suit" due to influence from Middle English cweme, icweme, see queem. [script?]