Become Definition

became, becomes, becoming
became, becomes, becoming
To grow or come to be.
Became more knowledgeable; will become clearer in the morning.
American Heritage
To come to be.
To become ill.
Webster's New World
To befit; suit.
Modesty becomes her.
Webster's New World
To be appropriate or suitable to.
American Heritage
To grow to be; change or develop into by growth.
The tadpole becomes a frog.
Webster's New World
become of
  • to happen to; be the fate of
Webster's New World

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Origin of Become

  • 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?]

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bicomen from Old English becuman gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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