simple past tense of become.
to come, change, or grow to be (as specified):
He became tired.
to come into being.
to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on:
That gown becomes you.
to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of:
conduct that becomes an officer.
become of, to happen to; be the fate of:
What will become of him?
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The newspaper, when television first became a threat 15 or 20 years ago, went exactly the wrong direction, most of them.
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The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851 Various
Finally his limbs straightened, and became perfectly rigid and motionless.
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He became conscious of sympathising generously with all men not thus equipped.
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the past tense of become
verb (mainly intransitive) -comes, -coming, -came, -come
(copula) to come to be; develop or grow into: he became a monster
(foll by of; usually used in a question) to fall to or be the lot (of); happen (to): what became of him?
(transitive) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suit: that dress becomes you
(transitive) to be appropriate; befit: it ill becomes you to complain
past tense of become (q.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.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with become , also see idioms beginning with get
any of several passerine birds of the genus Pachyramphus, of the American tropics, having large heads and swollen bills, and variously classified with the flycatchers or the cotingas.
- Be caught dead, not
be caught dead, not Related Terms not be caught dead
- Be caught short
be caught short verb phrase To not have enough: wascaught short at the ticket window
for the reason that; due to the fact that: The boy was absent because he was ill. Informal. (used directly before a noun, adjective, verb, interjection, etc., to convey a very concise rationale, excuse, or explanation): We’re a little like monkeys because evolution. He doesn’t practice enough: because lazy. I love doughnuts because yum! because […]