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?
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
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.).
Happen to, befall, be the fate of, as in I haven’t seen Joe in a year; what has become of his book? The King James Bible has this idiom (Genesis 37:20): “We shall see what will become of his dreams.” [ Late 1500s ]
In addition to the idiom beginning with become , also see idioms beginning with get
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 […]
that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing: a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo. suitable; appropriate; proper: a becoming sentiment. any process of change. Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality. Contemporary […]
Gustavo Adolfo [goos-tah-vaw ah-th awl-faw] /gusˈtɑ vɔ ɑˈðɔl fɔ/ (Show IPA), 1836–70, Spanish poet. Historical Examples becquer, with extreme punctiliousness, tendered his resignation as censor of novels. Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer I was a great friend of Espronceda, Zorrilla, becquer and others. Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays Various Wherever it has been found […]
Alexandre Edmond [a-lek-sahn-druh ed-mawn] /a lɛkˈsɑ̃ drə ɛdˈmɔ̃/ (Show IPA), 1820–91, French physicist (son of Antoine César). Antoine César [ahn-twan sey-zar] /ɑ̃ˈtwan seɪˈzar/ (Show IPA), 1788–1878, French physicist. Antoine Henri [ahn-twan ahn-ree] /ɑ̃ˈtwan ɑ̃ˈri/ (Show IPA), 1852–1908, French physicist (son of Alexandre Edmond): Nobel Prize 1903. Historical Examples These results, as well as the spectra […]